Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 19:39:15 -0500 From: Larry Rosenwald Subject: Re: pragmatic change in progress? I note (though I couldn't have identified it on my own) the same distinction Dennis Preston notes), with one addition, namely, that as I hear my voice saying, "why, yes" or something similar, I'm aware that in that construction not only do I not sound hw, I don't sound the full vowel of "why," but instead something more closely resembling a schwa. Best, Larry Rosenwald