Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 22:42:39 -0500 From: "William H. Smith" Subject: Re: /w/ and /hw/ Why isn't "who" pronounced [wu:] or [hwu:]? Because a Middle Endlish to Modern English change deleted [w] between a consonant and a back vowel, for example, "two" is [tu:] and "sword" is [sord]. Without analogical leveling, the past tense of "swear" would be "sore". Bill Smith Piedmont College