Date: Sun, 3 Dec 1995 20:33:17 EST
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: /w/ and /hw/
I was struck by the [hu:r] pronunciation in the rendition of the folk song
"Rolling Home (to Caledonia)" by the Scottish singer Archie Fisher. In
retrospect, I should probably have rendered that last [r] as a glide; anyway,
his vowel was definitely [u]. If you're wondering where that term comes into
the song, you're probably more familiar with one of the other versions, e.g.
"Rolling Home (to Old New England)", in which the singer sings of how "...our
sweethearts will be waiting/On that long-remembered shore". The Scottish
version, Fisher explains in the pre-song discussion, has always been "And our
whores [hu:[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]s] will be waiting/On that long-remembered shore." Very poignant.