/w/-/hw/ again

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Sat Dec 29 00:00:56 UTC 2007

Actually my casual speech pronunciation of this is just /amoh~/
(where /oh/ equals open-o and ~ indicates nasalization of the
preceding vowel). That's all there is to my (and many others like me)
"I'm going to." The "initial  /m/" is from the prediuctable
syllabification of the string. The /g/ in Wilson's representation
does not come from 'I'm going to' but from the subsequent 'git.' If
it was, for example, "I'm going to see" (not git), there would be no

In my even faster speech representation, the nasalization disappears
altogether and gives something that sounds like the name "Ima."


PS: Please don't write relating this to Ima Hogg and her putative
sister Ura. No connection.

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>"I moang..." got my attention. I hear it in my mind as matching a usage I
>think I hear very often, which I always have equated to "I'm going to" --
>here, with the nasal maybe assimilating in place to the /g/ of "git". Am I
>understanding it right? Whence the initial /m/?   From  "I'm (a-)going
>m a m
>On Dec 28, 2007 5:09 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  A blues verse:
>>  I moang git me a blade
>>  One thet I kin affode
>>  Too lawng t' be ey knife
>>  Too shawt t' be ey swode
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Dennis R. Preston
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Department of English
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Michigan State University
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