Date: Wed, 23 Feb 1994 11:42:59 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: [u]/[ju] in Houston Peter Gingiss notes that [hy] is more complicated than [hw], and Peter Trudgill demonstrated a piece of that complexity. Americans seem to have yod-dropping only in 'coupon' (if yod-dropping is what's involved there; but it seems to me that this is an individual lexical item). 'Coupon' & 'Houston'... Earlier in the language the [w] was dropped in 'two' and 'who'. Is Trudgill's [hu:j] 'huge' related in some way to historical [w] loss before back vowels, or is it an independent development? DMLance