Date: Mon, 22 Jul 1996 11:17:55 -0400
From: "M. Lynne Murphy" 104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA
Subject: Re: waft and SAE
Isn't the relevant 'rule' governing WAFT that /a/ words after initial /w/ were
not fronted to or merged with /ae/? We have WATCH, WAD, WAFFLE, WAN, WASH &c,
with rounding in some words with /Vr/ WAR, WART, WARM.
you know, i learned this in ling 101, and forgot it. so i'm ashamed
to have queried it in the first place. (i'm just always primed for
Could it be that WAFT is more
popular a word amongs Scots, Scots-Irish and Appalachians and only
a literary word in the north of the U.S.?
this seems wrong unless southerners pronounce all the wa- words with
an [ae]. rather, it seems it's gotten spelling pronunciation in the
south, and therefore it's there (in the south) that it's primarily
literary, since the northern pronunciation is phonologically