Some data on herb, /hw-/

Lesa Dill Lesa.Dill at WKU.EDU
Tue Jan 30 22:50:58 UTC 2001

I've always thought it was strange that the Southern
expression "Why!" as in "Why, bless my soul!" was
pronounced [waI] but the question was [hwaI].  That
distinction has been around for a long time.  And I too
have observed that hw is disappearing in the South, but
I'm 43 and still have it--always have.

Lesa Dill
Western Kentucky Univ.

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