End of ADS-L Digest - 19 Feb 1994 to 20 Feb 1994 ************************************************ There are 5 messages totalling 112 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. [u]/[ju] in Houston 2. [u]/[ju]/[au] in Houston 3. Houston (2) 4. houston ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 21 Feb 1994 10:53:40 -0500 From: "J. Chambers" Subject: Re: [u]/[ju] in Houston > > [u]/[ju]: So why is Houston [hju-] and not [hu-]? > Because /ju/ follows a non-coronal consonant. Orthographic is phonemic /u/, never /ju/, when it is tense, but the other orthographic things like , , are (or were) /ju/. Houston has [ju] like Hughes, hew, Huguenot, but unlike Hoosier, hoot, hootchie-kootchie, etc. What makes "coupon" interesting is that it is an instance of /ju/ changing from [ju] to [u] after a non-coronal C, where it never does except in East Anglia (so cute, cupid, puke, music, argument, acute, etc.). When dialectologists noticed "coupon" changing in the 1940s, they must have wondered if it was the beginning of yod-dropping before non-coronals. Now, 50 years later, we know it's not--or not yet, anyway. The ONLY other word I know with /ju/ sometimes getting realized as [u] after a non-coronal is "puberty", which for some people is pronuonced 'pooberty'. I wonder if those same peole pronounce "pubic" as poobic? Jack Chambers