t20mxs1 at CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Fri Feb 4 10:01:35 UTC 2000
For some reason, this note got stuck and didn't get to ADS-L when I
wrote it. It's a little late, but what the heck . . .
> RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
> I'm dubious that anything but phonology is very much as work here. It seems
> to me to go both ways (just like BIRD/BRID). I hear "pervention" as much as
> "prevention"; cf. also "pervaricate," "perliminary"--even "February" becomes
> "Feburary" as well as "Febuary."
There's a parallel in rural Mexican Spanish. For example, the standard
Spanish word "pobre", poor, often is pronounced as if it were spelled
"probe". Word initial /p/ seems to act as a strange attractor or
strange repeller for any /r/ in the general neighborhood. More
generally, funny things seem to happen when /r/ is the second element in
a consonant cluster. Witness, e.g., "Pegro" in place of "Pedro", etc.
FWIW, the tendency is particularly notable in areas where a substantial
part of the rural population is bilingual in Spanish and some indigenous
Given this parallel pattern in English and one form of Spanish, I agree
with Ron that phonology could have a lot to do with the English
alternation of performance/preformance.
-- mike salovesh <salovesh at niu.edu> PEACE !!!
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