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Re: About linguistic (in)tolerance

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 30, 1999, 17:22
   Date:         Sun, 28 Mar 1999 14:07:42 -0600
   From: Tom Wier <artabanos@...>

   Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote:
   > So perhaps we'll see "rie" formed for a kernel of rice.

   I doubt that... "pease" had a end phoneme /z/, which is identical
   to the pronunciation of the plural morpheme. "rice", on the other
   hand, is voiceless, and much more clearly *not* similar to some
   sort of hypothetical plural form.

Right. That's one distinguishing feature of Danes speaking English: we
don't have a /z/, and we simply don't hear it as different from /s/.
The analogy between these two cases seem perfect to me. (Of course we
can make the sound, but only by thinking about it --- and the same
goes for /S/ vs. /Z/).

(And even though my French teacher in 10th grade succeeded in making
us produce /z/s almost consistently, it didn't have any influence on
the English pronunciation that I had learned in the 4th grade...).

Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)