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Query Subject:   Nishga - aka Nass-Gitksan
Author:   Kirk Hazen
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonology
Subject Language(s):  English

Query:   Fri, 12 Feb 1999 12:25:11 -0800
Kirk Hazen
k/t alternations

Dear Linguists,

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
West Virginia University
PO Box 6296 Morgantown West Virginia 26506-6296
LL Issue: 10.229
Date posted: 12-Feb-1999


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