Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 08:04:40 -0500 From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" Subject: Re: /w/ and /hw/ I think itis true that the Am. SE has been "the last stronghold of [hw]," but change continues and innovations spread, and my experience is that even students from the SE who are under 30-35 years of old have a complete merger of w/hw. As a native speaker of /hw-/, I have to work hard to get students to hear what I am saying. Exceptions: students from very rural areas. Bethany Dumas