Sounds are changing all the time.  I can't remember the name of the 
recent book detailing the most contemporary sound shifts in N America, 
perhaps someone else can.  It is just now being published, an expensive 
thing, but one I'd like to have access to.

Nancy, you know that Peter loves to make these claims and then he backs 
down after he gets anyone who knows more or thinks harder than he does 
to teach him.  It is his sly way of asking a question.


Peter Montgomery wrote:

>Transpose your question to Elizabethan times (where I live) and
>think of the effect of all the different spelling possibilities that hap-
>pened then (how many ways did Shakespare spell his name).
>I suspect it used to be sound that drove spelling, not spelling, sound.
>Today homogenised spelling has put sound in a straight jacket.