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YAEPT: Re: þe getisbyrg adres

From:Muke Tever <hotblack@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 4, 2004, 21:49
On Tue, 3 Aug 2004 18:42:29 -0400, Michael Potter <mhpotter@...>
> Mark P. Line wrote: >> I think the voiceless phoneme must still be alive in some lects. I have >> it, including minimal pairs "which/witch", "what/watt", >> "whether/weather" etc. I was born (in 1956) and raised in theSouth >> Midland dialect band of the US, in northeastern Oklahoma. Mostof my >> vowels have adapted somewhat to SAE, but my consonants are >> generally the same as my mom's and siblings'. > > At risk of stepping into YAEPT, I must say that not only is [W] still > alive, but it is being passed down to the younger generations. > > I was born in 1983, and I've always lived in southeast Tennessee. Almost > everybody around here (including myself) has "which" and "witch", for > example, as distinct words.
I grew up in SE TN also. I tested this on a friend of mine back when I lived there. In ordinary speech he didn't make any differentiation, though he insisted he did (and he did when he was trying to make clear which word he said, or which word he said he said with "wh"). For me having [hw] (or however it may be) is just an issue of spelling pronunciation. *Muke! -- (my website) (conlangs and concultures)