Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 07:31:26 CDT From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: skraw/skring I'm surethat srimp (shrimp), sreveport (Shreveport), etc is a regional feature -- subset of Southern. I think this item is covered in LAGS but don't remember details and am not sufficiently motivated at the moment to look into it. The shr/skr- may also be regional, overlapping in some ways with shr/sr-. Both clusters seem to have language-development implications ("Baby talk" residue), but where the usage is regional the Baby talk matter is NOT causal. In my classes in both Texas and Missouri I've had students who found shr- to be tongue-twisterish. And those of you who are fans of "American Tongues" The Video will recall the humorous segment when the makers of the video asked Southerners to say 'schlepp'. And German palatalization fo /s/ in intitial clusters is not a causal factor in this item. DMLance, U of MO