Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu May 16 00:47:25 UTC 2013

At my freshman intake at Columbia, I was listened to and told I had
too much "g"-full, or too full "g"s, or some such.  I am I think
still too full, e.g. with "Long Island".  (I'm incapable of
self-reporting for "singer" and "finger".)

Grew up in da Bronx from 0 to 16, then lived in Columbia dormitories,
and at age 20 moved to Boston.


At 5/15/2013 03:49 PM, Paul Johnston wrote:
>Yes.  Not many on these shores--though a "g"-full pronunciation of
>Long(g) Island is famous (Though whether this is a regional or
>ethnic dialect--or both--I don't know).  In the British Isles, there
>are plenty.
>"Singer" and "Finger", both with /g/--the West Midlands, from
>Lancashire to Gloucestershire--thus, Birmingham, Stoke, Liverpool,
>Manchester etc.
>"Singer" and "Finger", both without /g/, North and Northeast England
>and Scotland (and, I think, Northern Ireland), thus, Newcastle,
>Carlisle, Teesside, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen etc.
>Paul Johnston
>On May 15, 2013, at 2:52 PM, Jim Parish <jparish at SIUE.EDU> wrote:
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> > A discussion on another list has raised a question in my mind. Are there
> > English dialects that do not make the /N/ - /Ng/ distinction, as in
> > "singer" vs. "finger"?
> >
> > Jim Parish
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