Date: Tue, 7 Mar 1995 15:31:47 -0500 From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." Subject: Re: VBE and 60 Minutes Assignment of final cluster reduction to Nigerian influence has not been a prominent part of the debates about VBE. Then again, I am underwhelmed by "naturalness" as an explanation also (then why do we have *any* clusters left?). Neither of these possible explanations says why clusters tend to be reduced in some varieties and styles but not others. If I remember right, final cluster reduction was one of the features (along with -g dropping, and several others) that Jack Chambers claimed, in an NWAV plenary address in Ottawa, to appear very widely in English "vernaculars", wherever and whatever the vernacular (VBE, Canadian farmers, etc.). If not "naturalness", then perhaps there is still some process, or group of processes, that might be identified as belonging to a vernacular variety or style to match the appearance of similar surface realizations held in common by many actual vernacular varieties/styles. Regards, Bill ****************************************************************************** Bill Kretzschmar Phone: 706-542-2246 Dept. of English FAX: 706-542-2181 University of Georgia Internet: billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Athens, GA 30602-6205 Bitnet: wakjengl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga