Query: women > wimming

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Fri Jan 21 17:43:20 UTC 2005


I'm pretty sure you;re right. Dicken's has got some '-ing'
hypercorrectors among his characters; I done forgot who.


>I have a videotape from a 1961 press conference in which a Lake Charles, LA,
>sherriff pronounces "women" with a final velar nasal and then corrects
>himself. In general in this press conference, he pronounces "-ing"
>with a velar
>nasal, and there are other indications of formality as well.
>Am I right in concluding that the "wimming" pronunciation is a
>hypercorrection occassioned by the sherriff's self-conscious of the
>"-ing" pronunciation?

Dennis R. Preston
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        Asian and African Languages
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