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.