Date: Tue, 25 Jul 1995 09:52:04 GMT+1200

From: Tim Behrend t.behrend[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AUCKLAND.AC.NZ

Subject: Re: idear

"William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ATLAS.UGA.EDU explained the

difference between the "linking r" and "excrescent r" in various

dialects in a post earlier today. It made me wonder if the common

pronunciation of "sherbet" as "sherbert" could also be counted as

another example of this excrescence? If so, why does "sherbert" occur

in so much wider an area than the habitual excrescent r tendency? My

family in Cleveland, for example, always eats sherbert, but never

warshes the bowls afterwards. Explanation?

Tim Behrend

Asian Languages

University of Auckland