Query: women > wimming

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Fri Jan 21 23:01:07 UTC 2005

And has anyone heard the plural pronounced the same as the singular, [wU
m at n/wo m at n]?  I hear this from radio people in particular--a spelling
pronunciation/hypercorrection, I assume.

At 05:18 PM 1/21/2005, you wrote:
>Wasn't "wimming" Popeye's normal pronunciation of "women"? FWIW, my
>mother is unique in my experience in pronouncing "women" as [wI m at n].
>On Jan 21, 2005, at 1:47 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
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>>Subject:      Re: Query: women > wimming
>>>I'm pretty sure you;re right. Dicken's has got some '-ing'
>>>hypercorrectors among his characters; I done forgot who.
>>that's Dicking's, innit?
>>>>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
>>>>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
>>>University Distinguished Professor
>>>Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic,
>>>        Asian and African Languages
>>>Wells Hall A-740
>>>Michigan State University
>>>East Lansing, MI 48824-1027 USA
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