[Ads-l] the eradication of hw

Mark Mandel mark.a.mandel at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 6 00:40:13 UTC 2019

You and i* and our fellow ADSers know that /ʍ/ exists in English even if
not in our dialect. A layperson who's never heard it, or never noticed it,
might well be unaware of its existence, and consider the initial <h> in
<Huawei> as comparable to that in <honest>.

*Fun² that lowercase I I am sick and tired of this phone's misreading of my

² but *this* 1 I think is best left alone

Mark Mandel

On Tue, Feb 5, 2019, 3:40 PM Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com wrote:

> Although I still meet people of various ages who have the /hw/ sound, I
> never had it, but I was surprised to hear a person not using /hw/ in the
> name Huawei. It might have been the first time I’d ever heard the name
> pronounced.
> Although most people probably imitate others, this points to a complete
> eradication of the /hw/ sound in people’s phonemic inventories.
> Tom Cotton (about 0:17), posted 13 Feb 2018
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=20&v=j1-defKFUGU <
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=20&v=j1-defKFUGU>
> Best Huawei Phones in 2018 - Which Is The Best Huawei Smartphone?
> by 10BestOnes
> 20 Jun 2018
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5krLykrpO9c <
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5krLykrpO9c>
> with /hw/
> Best Huawei phones you can buy right now
> by Android Authority
> 7 Oct 2017
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6a6YiN3APg <
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6a6YiN3APg>
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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