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?