End of ADS-L Digest - 19 Sep 1995 to 20 Sep 1995 ************************************************ There are 38 messages totalling 830 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. /k(y)upanz/ 2. Pulitzer Prze (2) 3. /ku/ /kju/ and coupon (3) 4. hice 5. stupid laugh 6. Mouse/Mice=House/Hice (11) 7. ?Movie/T.V. dumb laugh ending (fwd) 8. Positive Anymore (4) 9. Geesed by Low-lives 10. positive anymore 11. Consonant Cluster Reduction/Busleft 12. teeth/tooths 13. Polygamists' wives 14. LAGS (3) 15. SES in sociolinguistics (2) 16. Plural Proper Nouns 17. Mouse/Mice=House/Hice (fwd) 18. bizzing 19. ? Comanche language (fwd) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 21 Sep 1995 00:34:06 -0400 From: ALICE FABER Subject: /k(y)upanz/ Beth Simon asked: * Did someone already ask this? * * Are pyulitzer people also kyupon people? And, pulitzer people ku-? * * I think I was a pulitzer/kup)n, and now I'm a pyu/kyu- * And I'm beginning to suspect that I palatalized "coupon" (a word * I rarely say, and haven't heard much) when I moved to a kyu * - area, * and have dragged the pulitzer prize along with it. Various people answered: Wayne Glowka: * I'm generally not a palatalizer, but coupon is a big exception in my pattern. Bethany Dumas: * This pyulitzer person is also a kyupon person. And to me "ku:pan" is * definitely heard as a hyper-correction. Lynne Murphy: * no, i'm a pull-itzer, kyupon person. always have been. Natalie Maynor: * I'm a pyulitzer/kyupon person. ****************************************************************************** I'm definitely a "pull-itzer" "coo-pon" person. Didn't we have a go round last year some time about the first consonant in _coupon_ and what it has to do with more general /du/ vs /dyu/ palatalization? I definitely remember trying to figure out the affect associated with /kyupan/, which sounds to me like fingernails grating against a blackboard, I'm embarrassed to say. As best I can reconstruct, I grew up in the NY area with /kyupan/ and then moved south where I really didn't want to sound like a NY'er. (It was a revelation to me to read about Labov's linguistic insecurity index and to realize that I was being a typical NY'er when I didn't want to *sound* like a NY'er.) So, I honestly don't remember whether I ever said /kyupan/. I suspect that both pronunciations were around in my home town, a NY City suburb populated equally by long-timers, ex-city people moving to the suburbs, and Midwesterners working at corporate headquarters in the area. I remember playground fights about which is right, _soda_ or _pop_, for instance. And, in response to Bethany's intuition, I definitely don't feel as if I'm hyper-correcting when I say /kupan/; I'm just selecting the existing alternant that doesn't grate. Alice Faber