Hypercorrection of /w/-/hw/

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Fri May 21 21:18:15 UTC 2004

No studies, but one anecdote:  After Princess Diana died, Dan Rather
referred to her at least once as the Princess of Whales.  I kid you not.

At 04:26 PM 5/21/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>I'm striking out on literature searches, and I'd be most grateful for
>any references on hypercorrection involving /w/-/hw/ in American
>English, specifically nonce replacement of etymological /w/ with
>[hw], if, for instance, WITH were to be pronounced /hwith/. A
>colleague tells me that he's heard this frequently in popular songs,
>but can't think of an example. So, barring an actual citation, a song
>title and artist would be useful as well.
>Thanks much.
>Alice Faber                                             faber at haskins.yale.edu
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