On Fri, 27 Jul 2001 13:00:32 -0400, Roger Mills <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >Add to that the fact that /U/ has very limited distribution in English. >Take the list of Engl. consonants and generate all the monosyllables #(C)/U/ >C#. I come up with around 30. No CUg (except 2syl. booger, bogeyman; >ancient slang "boog", a syn for the N-word that I heard once or twice 50 >years ago, in highschool) >no CUnasal, no CUp (except "oops"); I have one CUnasal, although it's a foreign name: Sung [sUN] (the dynasty). And "oops" is [ups] for me. There's a lot of /u/ ~ /U/ variation between dialects, and /U/ is rare enough to begin with.