[Ads-l] the eradication of hw

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 7 09:50:42 UTC 2019

Back in 1961, when I was in the Army, a barracks-mate from Cincinnata
casually asked, "Have you noticed that the "h" in words that begin with
"wh-" is not pronounced, anymore?" I hadn't noticed it. These days, I do
notice it. I simply hope to die, before English follows German and /ʍ/ goes
to /v/, as it already has, in some varieties of non-standard Britspeak.

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

> 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
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