Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 12:33:45 -0700 From: Dan Moonhawk Alford Subject: Re: skraw/skring That was probably my str->shtr stuff, Larry, that I researched on Linguist List of its participants, then posted it back there and here. I can forward that posting to anyone that didn't see it and wants to. I keep noticing it in more and more speakers/actors on tv and in real life. I keep wondering if we're at the beginning of a sound change, or if this will remain 'contained' in certain dialects. It's invisible to most people. On Sun, 22 Oct 1995, Larry Horn wrote: > >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 >