Off-gliding to G

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 25 21:52:39 UTC 2009

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There's a study on ING in American Speech=2C summer 2008.  It compared pron=
unciation ~in vs. ~eeng for "ing" word endings.  For example=2C the word "l=
iving" can have the alveolar "n" (~livin) or velar "n" (~liveeng)=20
Note:-- No mention in the study is made of how the vowel changes=2C but thi=
s is my interpretation of the sound difference.
Turns out that=2C the alveolar (~in) is significantly more popular for Work=
ing class African and European-Americans Americans=2C than Upper-middle cla=
ss African and European-Americans.  =20
Moral of the story - For the ending "-ing" go for ~eeng for the big bucks=
=2C not ~in.
Interestingly=2C women were more prone to ~in than men.

Tom Zurinskas=2C USA - CT20=2C TN3=2C NJ33=2C FL7+
see phonetic spelling

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> Sender: American Dialect Society=20
> Poster: Laurence Horn=20
> Subject: Re: Off-gliding to G
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> At 1:37 PM -0500 9/25/09=2C Barbara Need wrote:
>>I wonder how much this might be a reaction to the "g-dropping" in
>>participles (huntin'=2C fishing'=2C 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).
> LH
>>Barbara Need
>>On 23 Sep 2009=2C at 6:37 AM=2C Lynne Murphy wrote:
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>>>Sender: American Dialect Society=20
>>>Poster: Lynne Murphy=20
>>>Subject: Re: Off-gliding to G
>>>I probably do this from time to time=2C but my sister-in-law (native
>>>of South
>>>London) does it a LOT=2C 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=2C not a very good description.)
>>>--On 22 September 2009 12:27 -0700 Grant Barrett
>>> 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=2C in your broadcasts=2C 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=2C 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
>>>The American Dialect Society -
>>The American Dialect Society -
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