[Ads-l] Heards

Margaret Lee 0000006730deb3bf-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Fri Jan 2 09:27:08 UTC 2015


Have you noticed that President Obama uses 'gunna' quite frequently?
--Margaret Lee
 
      From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
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 Sent: Thursday, January 1, 2015 6:10 PM
 Subject: Heards
   
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."

-- 
-Wilson
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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

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