Date: Thu, 24 Feb 1994 13:39:32 CST
From: Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU
Subject: Re: local locality pronunciations
In Message Thu, 24 Feb 1994 09:58:21 -0700,
Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]arizvms.bitnet writes:
The reason for the /byuwn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]/ pronunciation of bueno is, of course, the
lack of homorganic stop + resonant initial clusters in English, e.g. */tl/
(despite e.e. cummings tlot, tlot ), */dl/, */pw/, */bw/. Some speakers
even have problems with /gw/, presumably reflecting labial-velar similarities.
One speaker I know pronounces bueno as /byuweynow/.
One pronunciation that always gets me is how (at least in the midwest
and apparently on national tv) people pronounce croissant, which
sounds something like /krusaent/. I always expect the krwa syllable
to become kroy. Why kru?
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