It isn't your imagination. I am from the South, and I heard the same
thing too. In fact, in some areas--east Texas for one--I have heard "where"
pronounced as "were".
Karen Rougeau
----- Original Message -----
From: "Juozas Rimas" <bong@...>
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Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2000 4:32 PM
Subject: [phoNet] A "h" sound in "where"?

> Sometimes when I hear the word "where" pronounced by native-speakers I
> the word doesn't begin straight with the [w] sound but rather with a soft
> [h]: "hwhere". Is it a real thing or just my imagination?
> Juozas Rimas
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