Date: Sat, 5 Mar 1994 21:27:12 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: /lIngwIstIks/ It looks as though Don Lance's examples have extended the neutralization of -/n/:-/ng/ in participles and gerunds to all cases of -/ng/. I have encountered this happening in and its compounds, in Texas, including in a well-educated speaker, but have never seen a complete merger before. A great example of the genesis of language change (if others should copy them). --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]