Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Sun Jun 16 17:10:48 UTC 2002


Instrospection throughout the entire range shows I have /worf/ for
both "wharf" (for boats) and "Whorf" (for Benjamin Lee).

My old Webtser's New World does indeed show "wharf" with /hw/. Hwat a surprise!


>dInIs, about interrogative WHY (voiceless initial) vs. exclamatory WHY
>(voiced initial):
>  >widepread among the few surviving wh/w distinguishers. I have
>  >the same rule.
>this comes up every few years.  i have the same distinction, and
>have observed it in many other wh/w distinguishers.
>i believe that, for me, WHOA and exclamatory WHY are the only
>words spelled with initial <wh> that have only voiced initials.
>arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)

Dennis R. Preston
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Department of Linguistics and Languages
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