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Re: NATLANG: What's the sound of Castilian <s>?

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Sunday, December 7, 2003, 6:48
Mark J. Reed wrote:

> I have a coworker from Pamplona and I can't quite make out the > sound of his <s>es when he speaks Spanish. It's definitely > "softer"/more palatalized than [s], but I don't think it's [S]; > it might be [C]. I was wondering if anyone on here knew what > it was most likely to be, assuming his speech is typical of that area? >
It's an _apical_ s-- the tip of the tongue is turned up slightly to make friction at the alveolar ridge. It does sound a lot like [S] but isn't. I don't recall the IPA offhand.......... Some US dialects/idiolects have it too-- mostly Southerners or elderly in my experience (LBJ sticks in my memory; I don't listen to W).


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>