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Re: English eth (was: Love Those Double Vowels)

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Friday, November 9, 2001, 3:51
> Generally speaking, the default realization of //T// in English > is /T/, and you get /D/ only in three circumstances: > > 1) Intervocalically in native words; > 2) Finally in native words that used to end in /@/, generally > shown by a silent "e" in the orthography; > 3) Initially in closed-class words. > > So "ether" has /T/ because it is a borrowing, whereas "either" is > native; "then" is closed-class, but "thin" is open-class; > ditto for "thy"/"thigh". > > For me, "with" is /wID/ when a vowel follows in close juncture, which > makes it de facto intervocalic, but /wIT/ otherwise. Other people > seem to use /wIT/ exclusively. > > In general, no newly introduced word contains /D/; I find that > my wife, who can say "soothe" /suD/ quite perfectly, always > pronounces "Gwynedd" with /T/.
As in the given name, or as in the county in North Wales? --And.


John Cowan <cowan@...>