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[f] for [T] (long ago was: Chinese Dialect Question)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Friday, October 3, 2003, 17:24
Mark J. Reed scripsit:

> Really? So "path" is [paf] in adult speech? That sounds so much like > a child's error to me that I have trouble imagining it as a dialectical > variant.
This feature is also common in AAVE. At my university there was a mathematics professor whose speech was indistinguishable from his white colleagues except for this one feature -- he called his subject [m&f]. Though I didn't have the temerity to ask him, it seemed to me that he was retaining this feature as a matter of group solidarity. This also leads to hyper-correction: many southerners pronounce "trough" as [tr\OT] instead of historical [tr\of], since the spelling gives no clue. -- John Cowan I am a member of a civilization. --David Brin


James Campbell <lists@...>