Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 12:47:14 +0000

From: Lynne Murphy M_Lynne_Murphy[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BAYLOR.EDU

Subject: Re: of(t)en and "is all"

Also, did anybody out there grow up pronouncing the "t" in often? I've

only ever heard it done in poetry. Is the t-lessness an Americanism, or

a regionalism?

Kendra Banks Perry

i grew up with the 't' in western new york state, and am glad to hear it

whenever i go back, but i hear it sometimes in texas, and when i polled

my south african students on it, about half claimed they used the 't',

but i never paid enough attention to tell whether they were telling the


lynne of the long sentences


M. Lynne Murphy

Assistant Professor in Linguistics

Department of English

Baylor University

PO Box 97404

Waco, TX 76798