[Ads-l] Heards

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 1 23:10:28 UTC 2015

Very likely, everyone else has also heard "paths" pronounced as "pa[Dz]."
Well, today, I heard "psychopaths" pronounced as "psychopa[Dz]."

I've also been hearing  _gunna_ being used by more and more black speakers.
Too bad. :-(

Back in 1972-73, Haj Ross spent a couple of lecture-hours discussing
"gunna." At the time, I had *no* idea WTF he was talking about. If not for
the fact that my classmates appeared to be taking his rap seriously, I
would have thought that it was some joke whose point I was missing. It took
me many nanoseconds even to cotton to the fact that "gunna" was "gonna,"
but "mispronounced."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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