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Monday, 27 May 1991

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  1. Robert D Hoberman, Houston
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Message 1: Houston

Date: Tue, 21 May 1991 16:12 EDT
From: Robert D Hoberman <RHOBERMANccmail.sunysb.edu>
Subject: Houston
In my native New Jersey speech (metropolitan NY but this was before the 
r-dropping isogloss crossed the Hudson), there was no /hy-/ whatsoever. I 
first learned to pronounce it at the age of 22, when I lived together with 
several other /hy/-less speakers and a poor fellow named Hugh. We got lots of 
laughs ringing the changes on "Where is /yuw/?", "There /hyuw/ are", etc..... 
It became a matter of practical necessity to acquire the distinction. Nowadays 
I think I use /hy-/ rarely and sporadically in some words, but I agree with 
Ellen Prince that good hyumor could still never be the ice cream.

Bob Hoberman
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Message 2: Hyouston

Date: Wed, 22 May 1991 09:47 CDT
From: <BERNducvax.auburn.edu>
Subject: Hyouston
The distinction between Hyouston and Youston is one of the features
Guy Bailey (Oklahoma State Univ.) and I (Cynthia Bernstein, Auburn Univ.)
analyze in our study of Texas phonology based on a Texas Poll survey.
Peter Gingiss' estimate is right on the mark: of 910 responding,
78.24 said Hyouston, 10.66 said Youston, 10.77 couldn't be determined, and
the rest said something else (Huston). This survey was limited to
Texas residents.

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