herb, /hw/, and shedule

Robert S. Wachal robert-wachal at UIOWA.EDU
Sun Jan 28 20:00:11 UTC 2001

'herb' with the 'h' is routinely used by Julia Child and thus by many of
her followers.  So it's either an affectation or an ignirant pronunciation.



At 05:50 PM 1/28/01 +0000, you wrote:
>Thanks for all the info on 'schedule'.  For those wonderign about the
>prevalence of the /sk-/ pronunciation in the UK, I note that Fowler's (3rd
>ed., 1996) says that the /sk-/ pronunciation is heard more and more in
>Britain, esp. among young people.
>My next question:  does anyone/any region in the US use the Brit
>pronunciation of 'herb' (with the /h/), and which pronunciation is
>prevalent in Canada?
>And as long as I'm throwing out BrE/AmE pronunciation issues, I'll note
>that my students were discussing my fellow American colleague's
>pronunciation before class the other day, and asked me why he pronounces
>words like 'where' with a /hw/.  This might signal that the downfall of
>/hw/ is progressing faster in the UK than the US?  Fowler's notes that the
>Concise Oxford of 1995 left out all the /hw/ pronunciations, while AHD4 and
>M-W10 still put /hw/ pronunciations first--even for words like 'whammy'
>which I've never heard as /hwami/.
>M Lynne Murphy
>Lecturer in Linguistics
>School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
>University of Sussex
>Brighton BN1 9QH
>phone +44-(0)1273-678844
>fax   +44-(0)1273-671320

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