Date: Mon, 9 Oct 1995 14:42:06 -0600 From: "Garland D. Bills" Subject: Re: /z/ + /n/ = /d/ + /n/ In my (North Texas) variety of English, the rule is generalized approximately as follows: /z/ final of an auxiliary verb -> /d/ before contracted (syllabic nasal) _not_. Consequently, I typically pronounce not only _dudn't_, _wadn't_, and _idn't_, but also _hadn't_ for _hasn't_. This rule seems to be pretty widespread, though speakers are often totally unaware of it (on a conscious level) and upon reflection will deny saying [hadnt] "because that's _had not_." Garland D. Bills E-mail: gbills[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics Tel.: (505) 277-7416 University of New Mexico FAX: (505) 277-6355 Albuquerque, NM 87131-1196 USA