wheel barrel

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 26 01:30:30 UTC 2008

Hm. Are all initial /w/s devoiced?

On Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 10:00 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> FWIW, in East-Texas middle-class BE, "wheel barrel" is the standard
> "correction" of local [hwi at l bae@]. Also, "Wilson" being a very rare
> name locally, the locals always call me by the hypercorrected
> [hwi at ls@n] instead of *[wi at ls@n]. I've never liked my name, so I kinda
> dug being "Wheelson."
> -Wilson

Mark Mandel

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