Date: Thu, 17 Feb 1994 04:58:17 -0600 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Re: [u]/[ju] > Everyone will first tell you to check PEAS first, or you might look > for a quick-shot at the McDavid supplement to Nelson Francis' grammar (the > summary charts actually prepared by E. Bagby Atwood, though uncredited). Thanks for the suggestions. Somebody else sent me private mail mentioning an article by Ann Pitts in -American Speech-. I'm going to look for it when I get to my office today. > I'm a /yuw/ speaker (I don't like them furrin IPA symbols), but have been > amused at newscasters who get things mixed up and report the /nyuwn nuwz/. I also am a /ju/ speaker (I don't know what to do with OE or French if I let the /y/ move over to /j/). What has gotten me interested in this subject was that two different Canadians recently have said that they thought that all US speakers pronounced words like "news" as [nuz]. It's funny that these two people mentioned this at about the same time, one in direct e-mail and the other on WORDS-L. The comment on WORDS-L started a discussion of the topic in which many USAers said yes, that they did say [nuz] and were confident it was the common US pronunciation. That surprised me. Although I've certainly heard it, I hear [njuz] far more often -- I think. We also got into some interesting discussions of which words seem to use [u] in all dialects, which vary, and why. --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]