Dropping the aitch from "human"

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Mon Dec 18 22:51:14 UTC 2006

Can anyone offer insight into or sources covering the regions of the
US where "h" is likely to be dropped at the beginning of words in
which the "h" is typically pronounced in other regions? The classic
example is the word "human."

I'm not interested in discussions of just "herb," but words like
human, humor, humid, hunger, hoot, hootenanny, hooter, hook, hush,
hungry, humble, hundred, hunk, hunker, happy, handle, hanky, hanker
and any others where the "h" is, or seems, likely to disappear in
specific parts of the country.

Journal articles or book recommendations welcomed. I don't have
access to Labov et al's Atlas, though page-pointers are welcomed.

Thanks, in any case.

Grant Barrett
editor at doubletongued.org

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

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