Nishga - aka Nass-Gitksan
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Fri, 12 Feb 1999 12:25:11 -0800
I am investigating the alternation of [k] and [t] in the English of Warren County, North Carolina, where all three ethnic groups and all ages demonstrate some of the following alternations: Dute for Duke; bastet for basket; skreet for street; ast for ask; dest for desk; Kake for Kate; and Kirt for Kirk. I have also found a number of small children who have the same kinds of alternations (but generally in a larger range of environments).
If you know of such alternations between [k] and [t] in other languages or other dialects of English, or in historically split forms (e.g. [hat] in the Northern US and [hak] in the South for a plaster-holding tool), I would appreciate all the tips or references I could find.
Kirk Hazen, Ph.D. Phone: (304) 293-3107x414
Assistant Professor of English Fax: (304) 293-5380
Department of English http://www.as.wvu.edu/~khazen/
West Virginia University
PO Box 6296 Morgantown West Virginia 26506-6296
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