[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
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.
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