Date: Tue, 22 Feb 1994 09:07:34 GMT
From: "Warren A. Brewer" NCUT054[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TWNMOE10.BITNET
Subject: [u]/[ju]/[au] in Houston
Question is, is Houston a cpd. with OE. [hu:s]? If so, the [hjus-]/
[jus-] forms must have been analogized.
Thus far, we seem to have [hjus-] as the name of four counties in Alabama,
Minnesota, Tennesee, Texas; a town in Mississippi; a borough in
Pennsylvania; two cities in Texas. Locals in the Texas port city say
[jus-]. A county in Georgia and a street in NYC Greenwich Village
are [haus-]; recomposition, as in housewife hussy; cf. supercomposition
of house-husband. What about hustings? I had always had a reading
pron. with [hjus-], but the older pron. seems to be with schwa.
OED has Houstonia [hus-] (plant genus), Houston's folds [hus-]/[hjus-]
(anat.). Does this indicate that the older pronunciation was [hus-]?