Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 10:51:37 -0700 From: Marianna Di Paolo Subject: /w/ and /hw/ I believe that the /njun dey nuwz/ example was first described by David DeCamp in his study of San Francisco English, but I can't seem to find the reference right now. Interestingly, Joyce Penfield and Jacob Ornstein-Galicia include the merger of /w/ and /hw/ as a characteristic of Chicano English (1985 _Chicano English:an ethnic contact dialect._), which suggests at least that they must have the contrast between /w/ and /hw/ and that they assume Anglos from the El Paso area do as well. > >Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 14:46:12 -0500 >From: Donald Larmouth >Subject: Re: /w/ and /hw/ > >It may be the last bastion of /hw/ is broadcast school. We have a local news >anchor who routinely hypercorrects /hw/ in 'weapons' and assiduously uses /hw/ >elsewhere. May be like the example Raven McDavid used to cite--the /njun dey >nuwz/--where the /nj/ pronunciation was presumed to be more elevated than plain >old /n/. As a native speaker of /hw/ from Chicago, I feel like the last of a >dying breed here in NE Wisconsin, where /hw/ is rare. > Marianna Di Paolo m.dipaolo[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Linguistics Program 2300 LNCO University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT 84112