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Re: USAGE: Thorn vs Eth

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Friday, July 12, 2002, 22:58
Nihil Sum wrote:
> You hear "fourteen" and "eighteen" as either /fo:rti:n/ , /eiti:n/ or as > /fortti:n/ , /eitti:n/.
I never hear them with geminated /t/'s. I was unaware that gemination existed at all in English except in obvious compounds like "book-keeper" or "pen-knife", but even in those it's not that unusual to hear single consonants. And the spelling "eighteen" suggests that the single /t/ pronunciation is very old. On the other hand, a stop that follows an accented syllable may sometimes sound longer. Perhaps that's what you're hearing? I.e., sometimes fóurteen, éighteen, etc. and sometimes fourtéen, eightéen. -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42