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YEAPT: f/T (was Re: Other Vulgar Latins?)

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 0:50
On Tue, 21 Feb 2006 16:43:24 -0500, Keith Gaughan <kmgaughan@...>

>> half hearth > > I don't know any dialect of English where these two are a minimal pair, > rhotic or non-rhotic.
I have /hAf/ ~ /hAT/. In non-careful enough speech, I can have /A:f/ for both of them.
>> infuse enthuse > > Ditto. [I] vs. [E].
I have, and quite often hear initial /I/ in both cases. Indeed, it's a fairly general case IME that a lot of |in-| and |en-| words are found with initial /In/. See also the frequent need to remind people of the difference between |ensure| and |insure|.
>> sheaf sheath > > [f] vs. [D]. A minimal pair, but now [T] -> [f].
I usually encounter 'sheath' (n) with /T/ (and 'sheathe' (v) with /D/), the same as cloth/clothe. Paul


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>