how to describe the "hw" sound
July 13, 2012 12:15 PM Subscribe
How could I describe in a non-technical way how certain English-speakers maintain a distinction between the "w" and "wh" sound? A certain amount of technical description could help. Its for a character in a story. For example: "The beginning of his 'what' still comes from deep within his throat." I don't know if that's technically true and it sounds awesomely terrible but something like that.
posted by pynchonesque to Writing & Language (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
For reference, I mean this sound:
found across the US but now largely in the Southeast, as you see here: