h in what and where

Peter A. McGraw pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU
Mon Mar 18 23:58:24 UTC 2002

I retain hw- at least in stressed environments.  I suspect the h- weakens
to the vanishing point the lower the stress.

Age 60, living in Oregon, grew up in CA and OR but have lived just about
everywhere else in the meantime.  I suspect I got the hw- from one or both
of my parents (from Iowa and Texas/Oklahoma, respectively) rather than from
my peers.  I distinctly remember a grade school playmate in CA telling me
about the "How and Wy Books" and being vaguely annoyed at her pronunciation
(alas, a curmudgeon even at an early age).

Peter Mc.

--On Monday, March 18, 2002 11:37 AM -0800 James Smith
<jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM> wrote:

> I do.  Age 56.  Salt Lake City area most of my life
> (so far).  For research purposes only, I'm white,
> middle-class.
>               --- Paul Frank <paulfrank at WANADOO.FR>
> wrote:
>> I'm curious: Who pronounces the h in what and where?
>> Does it depend on age,
>> region, race, or class?
>> Paul
>> _________________________
>> Paul Frank
>> English translation
>> from Chinese and German
>> e-mail paulfrank at wanadoo.fr
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                               Peter A. McGraw
                   Linfield College   *   McMinnville, OR
                            pmcgraw at linfield.edu

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