Query: "thoo"

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Tue Nov 27 19:22:44 UTC 2001

And I hear "liberry" in Minnesota and Ohio as well.  It's not
geographically based at all, I agree.  However, I do hear r-less "through"
often in African American English.  Consonant cluster simplification is
most common finally and somewhat common medially, but I assume it can occur
initially too--right, phonologists?

At 01:44 PM 11/27/01 -0500, you wrote:
>On Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at 01:18  PM, Gerald Cohen wrote:
>>    FWIW, "through" was the first thought that popped into my mind too
>>upon reading the initial query. Also, perhaps the loss of "r" here
>>started in the plural ("They're through" rather than "He's through"),
>>putting 2 r's in proximity and leading to the tendency (not law)
>>which linguists call "dissimilation to zero." A parallel example
>>would be a pronunciation I have often heard in the Ozarks: "liberry"
>>for "library."
>The Ozarks extend into upstate New York? Seriously, in my elementary
>school, 30 miles north of Times Square, "liberry" (as opposed to "libRary"
>) was a "mispronunciation" often corrected by my teachers, so I suppose it
>was frequently used by at least some of my classmates. In my mind,
>"liberry" is on par with "Febuary".
>Alice Faber
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