Date: Wed, 8 Nov 1995 17:24:09 -0500 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: supervisor/coupon There seems to be a perception > (around here, at least) that people who omit the glide in "figure" and "news" > are socially inferior to those who pronounce it, but that those who include > the glide in "coupon" and even "mercury" are socially inferior somehow. to my mind, anyone who says things the way i don't say them is socially inferior, and i've got no glide in news but do have it in the rest. i think the attitudes are just regionocentric. lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-4199 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA