Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 21:36:06 -0500 From: "Bethany K. Dumas" Subject: Re: pragmatic change in progress? > On Sat, 22 Nov 1997, Dennis R. Preston wrote: > > I'm a /hw/-/w/ distinguisher; that is, 'whale' and 'wail' are not > > homophones for me. > > BUT - interrogative why ('Why did you do that?') is always /hw/ in my > > speech, and the discourse marker 'why' ('Why, it's on the the other side of > > the room') is invariably /w/. > > Any other standard speakers out there like me who have this distinction > > (not /hw/ - /w/ in general; lots of us old codgers from some places have > > that, but this specific sepaation of the two 'whys')? I've been aware for some time that my /hw-/ ~ /w-/ usage is variable; I think it fits the pattern that DInIs describes (and Garland Bills also claims) -- Bethany, standard English speaker from Texas