Hypercorrection of /w/-/hw/

Bethany K. Dumas dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Tue May 25 02:01:49 UTC 2004

Idon't know. I suspect that I am slowly losing some of my /hw-/s - and
have been for years.


On Mon, 24 May 2004, Herbert Stahlke wrote:

>Do you consistently use the contrast, even when a hw-form is in an
>unstressed position?  What several posters have observed about the pragmatic
>conditioning of /hw/ holds also for the distribution of implosive stops.
>These are found particularly in Southern speech, but they also occur less
>frequently in Midwestern speech.  Ladefoged gives an example in his
>Course... of Carl Sagan saying "billions and billions" with implosives.  I
>transcribed an example in Norman, OK, bar some years back, a middle-aged
>truck driver from Oklahoma saying "This beer ain't no damn good" with all
>three initial voiced stops imploded.  All three words were also emphatic.

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