Date: Sat, 14 Sep 1996 15:37:39 EDT
From: "David A. Johns" daj000[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FOX.WAY.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: -own/-ewn past participles
At 04:34 PM 9/14/96 BST, you wrote:
In New Zealand and Australian English, a change is underway in a closed set
participles ending -own/-ewn (blown, flown, shown, mown, sown, sewn, grown,
known, thrown, hewn).
The change involves the insertion of schwa before the final /n/, so, where
[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] = schwa,:
/flo:n/ becomes /flo:[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n/ or /flow[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n/
/gro:n/ becomes /gro:[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n - grow[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n/ etc.
/stru:n/ becomes /stru:[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n/
/hju:n/ becomes /hju:[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n/
This change is NOT taking place in words such as groan, moan, moon, tune or
this common anywhere in North America?
This is fairly common in the area of Wisconsin I lived in, and I understood
it to spread into Minnesota and who knows where else. That area has a lot
of German and Scandinavian influence, by the way.
Another interesting one is "store-boughten" clothes.