Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 10:51:37 -0700
From: Marianna Di Paolo m.dipaolo[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]M.CC.UTAH.EDU
Subject: /w/ and /hw/
I believe that the /njun dey nuwz/ example was first described by David
DeCamp in his study of San Francisco English, but I can't seem to find the
reference right now.
Interestingly, Joyce Penfield and Jacob Ornstein-Galicia include the merger
of /w/ and /hw/ as a characteristic of Chicano English (1985 _Chicano
English:an ethnic contact dialect._), which suggests at least that they
must have the contrast between /w/ and /hw/ and that they assume Anglos
from the El Paso area do as well.
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 14:46:12 -0500
From: Donald Larmouth LARMOUTD[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GBMS01.UWGB.EDU
Subject: Re: /w/ and /hw/
It may be the last bastion of /hw/ is broadcast school. We have a local news
anchor who routinely hypercorrects /hw/ in 'weapons' and assiduously uses /hw/
elsewhere. May be like the example Raven McDavid used to cite--the /njun dey
nuwz/--where the /nj/ pronunciation was presumed to be more elevated than plain
old /n/. As a native speaker of /hw/ from Chicago, I feel like the last of a
dying breed here in NE Wisconsin, where /hw/ is rare.
Marianna Di Paolo
m.dipaolo[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]m.cc.utah.edu
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112