Re: USAGE: Thorn vs Eth
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, July 11, 2002, 0:11|
Josh Brandt-Young writes:
> on 7/10/02 9:25 AM, Andrew Chaney at adchaney@MAC.COM wrote:
> > on 9/7/02 23:57, Robert B Wilson (han_solo55@JUNO.COM) wrote:
> >> I was wondering: is there anyone who actually pronounces sixth as /sIksT/
> >> like every dictionary I've seen says? For some reason I have a hard time
> >> pronouncing /sT/.
> > I do. It's terribly difficult, but how else am I to pronouce it?
> After realising that I seem to be saying [sIks:], I checked with my
> girlfriend -- she also elides the [T] except in really careful speech.
> Wow, my idiolect has phonemic consonant length! :)
I've been thinking about this, and while my canonical pronunciation of
sixth is /sIksT/, I'm pretty sure it sometimes encounters
hypercorrectional interference from fifth /fIfT/ and gets rendered as
/sIksfT/. I doubt I'd produce it in fast speech, though.
Even stranger, while my width is normally /wIdT/, there's a part of me
that thinks the correct form is really /wIdtT/. I don't think anyone
could discern the difference in my pronunciation, though.