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YAEPT: Voiceless TH in wheth er, wort hy (w as: UTF-8 Test: z h ōng guó ( �� ��), 한궄,)

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Saturday, November 11, 2006, 14:34
H. S. Teoh wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 10, 2006 at 09:57:11PM -0800, Arthaey Angosii wrote: > >>Emaelivpeith Mark J. Reed 'sa <markjreed@...>: >> >>>So what's your excuse for devoicing the |th| in |whether|? :) >> >>My mother pronounces "worthy" as [wr\=Ti]. I wonder if she devoices >>the TH in "whether" or "weather"... Does anyone know if voiceless-TH >>"worthy" is a dialect thing, or if it's just an idiosyncrasy of my >>mom's idiolect? > > [...] > > It may be a British thing.
Definitely not. I've lived in Britain for 67+ years and always heard it pronounced with medial /D/. Nor is [r\=] a normal British rendition of the stressed vowel + possible /r/ (pronounced in some British varieties). [r\=] is surely 'Merkan. Whether medial /T/ occurs in any 'Merkan varieties I cannot say - obviously if it does it must be a dialect variant. -- Ray ================================== ================================== Nid rhy hen neb i ddysgu. There's none too old to learn. [WELSH PROVERB}