OT Glo'al stops & schizophrenics (was: Fwd: [Theory] Types of numerals)
|From:||R A Brown <ray@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 19:43|
Mark J. Reed wrote:
> On 1/17/06, tomhchappell <tomhchappell@...> wrote:
>>"coordinate" may be pronounced as if it were either
>>"co(w)ordinate" or "co(?)ordinate".
>>"microorganism" may be pronounced as if it were either
>>"micro(w)organism" or "micro(?)organism".
>>"milliohm" may be pronounced as if it were either
>>"milli(y)ohm" or "milli(?)ohnm".
>>"megaohm" may be pronounced as "mega(?)ohm".
> I would never put a [?] in any of those, FWIW. A hiatus, perhaps,
> but never a glottal stop.
Nor would I if I wanted to be understood this side of the Pond. By far
the most common use of the glottal stop in contemporary Britain is as
the allophone of /t/ when medial or final. This pronunciation has
increased apace over the past half century and is heard in practically
all regions and is common in all social classes of generations younger
>>But there is no glottal stop in "chaos", nor in "vacuum".
No indeed, otherwise they'd be heard as 'catos' and 'vacutum' over here
>>A native speaker of my idiolect would never use these; but would
>>probably guess what they meant right away.
> Uhm, isn't "a native speaker of my idiolect" just a very roundabout
> way of saying "I"? :)
Thought: Do schizophrenics also have multiple idiolects? That is a
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