Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 19:16:02 -0700
From: "Garland D. Bills" gbills[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UNM.EDU
Subject: Re: pragmatic change in progress?
On Sat, 22 Nov 1997, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
I'm a /hw/-/w/ distinguisher; that is, 'whale' and 'wail' are not
homophones for me.
BUT - interrogative why ('Why did you do that?') is always /hw/ in my
speech, and the discourse marker 'why' ('Why, it's on the the other side of
the room') is invariably /w/.
Any other standard speakers out there like me who have this distinction
(not /hw/ - /w/ in general; lots of us old codgers from some places have
that, but this specific sepaation of the two 'whys')?
Why, yes, of course. All us standard English speakers do that.
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