Date: Fri, 18 Feb 1994 10:58:20 -0500 From: ALICE FABER Subject: /k(j)upan/ I think that Jack Chambers is right about the pronunciation of COUPON being unrelated to the /njuz/-/nuz/ difference. The pronunciation /kjupan/ is one of the few that I have been unable to suppress my cringing at, despite 20+ years of linguistics education and practice. I suspect that, at least in New York State, there is some sort of social marking to the choice of /kjupan/ vs. /kupan/, but I don't have a clue what. I'll ask my sister, who has lived in the Albany area and in Plattsburgh if she has any ideas. (She's a /kjupan/ speaker...) Alice Faber Faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]yalehask