Off-gliding to G

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 22 20:04:36 UTC 2009

I have a friend, a native of Philadelphia, who has this as a feature
of his speech. "What's going gon? Anything-g@?" is a catchphrase of
his. But I don't have the impression that this is spreading. Of
course, I don't get around much, anymore. :-(


On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 3:27 PM, Grant Barrett
<gbarrett at> wrote:
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> I received this query from a listener to the radio show and wonder if
> anyone has any thoughts about it. Is it something you've noticed
> yourself as being more common? Can you recommend reading on this
> particular habit?
>> I wondered if you were aware that, in your broadcasts, you tend to
>> pronounce a hard G at the ends of words like "sing". I am running
>> into this habitual off-gliding more and more with my acting
>> students. When I point this out to them, they are shocked that you
>> could say a word like "sing" without that hard G sound.
> Grant Barrett
> gbarrett at
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