sammich in Iowa and France

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Fri Jan 21 16:59:00 UTC 2005

"sa'wich" is, I'm sure, my normal, informal pronunciation (with nasalization 
of the firfst vowel, of course). This strikes me as the "most informal stage," 
with the /nd/ pronunciation as the most formal and the /nw/ pronunciation the 
"nearly" least "formal." The pronuncation with the velar nasal sounds alien 
to me (not that David Barnhart is an alien in any sense except that he is 
apparently not a member of my sub-dialect clan with respect to this important 

The pronunciation with the velar nasal sounds like something that a French 
vampire would delight in (to continue with the silly puns).

In a message dated 1/21/05 9:02:40 AM, preston at MSU.EDU writes:

> (By the way, the next, nearly most informal stage, for good speakers
> like me isĀ  a loss of the nasal altogether, excepting nasalization of
> the vowel, of course but still with a /w/. ["Still with a /w/!" An
> unfortunate choice of words today, though I guess it would have been
> worse yesterday.] Of course, you can get here from 'sangwich' as
> well. Most informally, I can realize this item as a monosyllable,
> with loss of /w/ - /s [+nasal ae:] ch/.)

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