Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 11:24:24 -0500 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: Gnarly Gnews! > However, it is not surprising that even some native speakers of this > dialect (?) do not know its origin and therefore reanalyze it to have > either a different silent letter in spelling (k) or none at all. Both > Marilyn and I are sure we've seen 'Narly!' written before (where?). but, i do think that (some) people pronounce it w/ a pretty velar nasal at the front--almost with the 'g'. maybe it's just me-- something sound-symbolic about it. or maybe it's the gesture that is symbolic--cramming the tongue up in the back of the mouth so as to be gnarled. lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- Dr. 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