Off-gliding to G

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Sep 25 18:43:08 UTC 2009

At 1:37 PM -0500 9/25/09, Barbara Need wrote:
>I wonder how much this might be a reaction to the "g-dropping" in
>participles (huntin', fishing', etc.). I have assumed that this was a
>shibboleth in England based on its treatment in mysteries (there's at
>least one Agatha Christie in which it is a clue!).

Dorothy Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey affects this "g-dropping" in
participles as an instance of reverse snobbery (as I understand it).


>Barbara Need
>On 23 Sep 2009, at 6:37 AM, Lynne Murphy wrote:
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>>Poster:       Lynne Murphy <m.l.murphy at SUSSEX.AC.UK>
>>Subject:      Re: Off-gliding to G
>>I probably do this from time to time, but my sister-in-law (native
>>of South
>>London) does it a LOT, though the rest of her family doesn't.  I
>>it with a certain kind of over-enunciative talking that has a certain
>>'lilt' to it as well.  (Sorry, not a very good description.)
>>--On 22 September 2009 12:27 -0700 Grant Barrett
>><gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG> wrote:
>>>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
>>Dr M Lynne Murphy
>>Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
>>Arts B357
>>University of Sussex
>>Brighton BN1 9QN
>>phone: +44-(0)1273-678844
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