Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 13:22:51 -0500 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: /w/ and /hw/ (and /hyu/ and "R") The distinction between /w/ and /hw/ is alive and well in central Georgia. Students are amazed that my pronunciation of "which" is the same as my pronunciation of "witch." They also favor aspiration in "humor" [hyum[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]r], aspiration that I don't have. QUESTION: In other r-less dialects how do people pronounce the letter "R"? My r-less mother-in-law was carefully reciting the alphabet to my amazing two-year-old the other night and said "R" with two syllables as something like [a-r[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]]. Do other r-less people share this pronunciation? [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] = schwa Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]