Bethany K. Dumas dumasb at UTK.EDU
Wed Apr 19 01:13:23 UTC 2000

>I am trying to determine the variation in the pronunciation of
>"quarter". Most dictionaries specify [kw-]; some allow no [w]
>but it seems to me that there may be generational, and perhaps
>areal, factors at work. Some Americaphone speakers here in
>Australia report [kw-], others [k-]. One local speaker claims
>that in expressions of time it is without [w], but in expressions
>like "quarter horse" it is with [w].

I have never heard anything but kw- for either sense.


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