Hypercorrection of /w/-/hw/

Douglas Bigham TlhovwI at AOL.COM
Mon May 24 10:06:28 UTC 2004

Interesting side bit... I never thought I came from a sincere /hw/ land, but
after spending this past year *real* collected data, it turns out I do.
Mostly (that is, for most of my speakers) it's just preserved to distinguish "when"
from "win" (and less often "where" from "were"), but (and here's the fun
part), I've also heard it pop up a couple of times in "well", in all age groups.
Go figure.


Douglas S. Bigham
Department of Linguistics
University of Texas - Austin

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