Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Nov 2 17:11:23 UTC 2000

Good pernt.

>>This is a fairly common (minor) speech "defect." I doubt if it was the word
>>but a failure to realize /w/, perhpas only  after /k/. Too bad you didn't
>>listen for his pronunciation of "quick," "quit," "and the like.
>Is it really a defect?  We've discussed non-labial pronunciations of
>"quarter" (as [k)rt at r]) a while back, and I suspect it would be much
>more likely for the "coy-ette" speaker to pronounce "quarter" that
>way than to have non-labial pronunciations of "quick", "quit", and
>other front vowel words.  I wonder if "quite" would be [kwayt] or
>[k)yt] (as in "coyt") for this speaker.

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston at pilot.msu.edu
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