Date: Tue, 7 May 1996 17:44:57 -0400 From: "Bethany K. Dumas, U of Tennessee" Subject: More Texan-y Confessions [The ff-ing data are self-reported by a Caucasion female, aged 59, who was born in Corpus Christi, TX, and spent her formative years (well, the first ones) in southeast Texas.] > Now that you know about "wash rag," you might as well know about /hw-/ > and /s, t, d, n + glide/: 1. /hw-/ > I am a native speaker of /hw-/, though I have learned to style-shift in > recent decades. My mother (80, southeast TX) speaks /hw-/ and does not > style-shift. > I once heard Gary Underwood (is he still in Austin?) say that he did not > understand the Mickey Mouse Theme Song until he took a linguistics course > from Harold Allen at Minn. Gary grew up in Clay County, ARK (the "white > delta") and when he heard /wai/ he heard "Y" NOT "why." 2. /s, t, d, n + glide/ > I am also a native speaker of /s, t, d, n + glide/, as in student, > tune, dew, and news. But even as a child, I could (and did) say, "Put up > your /duks/," and I have style-shifted ever since I went to Chicago: > On that trip to Chicago when I got the idea for the ling autobiography > from RIM, I also astounded a roomful of linguists and linguistic students > at IIT when I said the word /nyuz/. I don't think anyone in the room > except me had ever heard anyone actually pronounce the glide in that > context except as an exercise in a linguistics class. Larry Davis was there, > I think, but I'm not sure who else. > However, I do not have an affricate in such words as tulip, and that's > not uncommon in East Tennessee. > Boyd, you wanna prompt me while I plan my ling autobiography? The time > line will take a while to construct, but there's lots of stuff to report. > So am I a "classic cowboy or Ross Perot"? I don't think so -- more like > Molly Ivins, who reminds me of my cousin Patsy (southeast TX, about five > years older than me). But I don't know where Molly is from. > Now I'll hush and go grade papers. Bethany Bethany K. Dumas, J.D., Ph.D. | Applied Linguistics, Language & Law Dep't of English, UT, Knoxville | EMAIL: dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 415 McClung Tower | (423) 974-6965 | FAX (423) 974-6926 Knoxville, TN 37996-0430 | See Webpage at