Date: Wed, 8 Nov 1995 15:34:45 -0800 From: Peter McGraw Subject: Re: supervisor/coupon I think Bruce has hit the nail on the head about the sociolinguistic aspect of /u/ vs. /ju/. I strongly suspect that some of the responses we've seen would have to be amended if the responders could manage to catch themselves off-guard. I suspect we resort to a lot of spelling pronunciations in an effort to bring consistency to the preceived lack of correspondence between pronunciation and orthography here, and that this eventually leads to hypercorrections like /njun/. I defy anyone to use /ju/ in all applicable words in the sentence "I assume there was no news of the supervisor this noon" without laughing. Peter McGraw