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Re: American Speech Habits

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 8, 2004, 4:54
Emily Zilch wrote:
> i conlanged a bit on another list ages ago (for the Blue Planet RPG) > about the future of English. One of the changes was a (multistage) > modification of the stop system from [+/- voice] > [+/- aspirate], with > the first step already heavily underway: the loss of distinction in > voicing in intervocalic and coda position, most commonly seen in my > complete inability to distinguish -t-/-d- ("kiddy" & "kitty" are > identical, Sid-y ["like Sid"] and city, etc.). (Later interference from > Asian speakers plus a natural change in the language made initials be > identified by aspiration.)
Some would argue that most dialects of English are already primarily aspirate-based. :-) In one con-future English of mine, I had a threeway /t~d~t_h/ distinction evolve, via loss of initial s-, thus: kill -> /k_hIl/ skill -> /kIl/ gill -> /gIl/ Of course, initial s- remained in the orthography as the marker of unaspirated unvoiced stop. :-)


Emily Zilch <emily0@...>