Date: Sun, 22 Oct 1995 21:35:32 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: skraw/skring >Instead of: I forgot my straw. I've heard: I forgot my skraw. >also other words beginning in str substituting the skr; skreet, etc. >comments? Marla So you're hearing [skr-] in these clusters? This seems to be related to a phenomenon I think we talked about here a year or so ago (or maybe it was on Linguist?) in which the [s] is palatalized, yielding something like 'shtreet' in the clusters you cite. This palatalization seems to be especially frequent among Long Islanders, particularly those with Italian surnames. Seriously. Does anyone on the list know anybody who discusses either this palatalization Marla's velarization in these str- initial clusters? (At least the former development isn't too surprising, since the -tr- is or can be itself somewhat palatalized in many idiolects, including my own; but motivation isn't reality for most speakers.) Larry