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Re: [x] in English?

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Thursday, September 30, 1999, 23:36
Daniel Andreasson wrote:

> One example is the word 'back' which is pronounced > [b&x]. What's that? Is it some Gaelic influence > on northern English dialects or what? Although it > sounds pretty cool IMO.
I think you can ask Ray on that one -- he lives in Britain, and has lots of personal experience of all (most?) of the varieties of British dialects. My first comment would be that it seems like a fairly easily understood sound change: when in final position, [k] becomes [x]. I think Ray mentioned something a while back about a dialect that changes all final [t] to the affricate [ts], so that "cat" sounds like "cats" in both the singular and the plural. Not the same thing, but interesting, nonetheless. :) ======================================================= Tom Wier <artabanos@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." Denn wo Begriffe fehlen, Da stellt ein Wort zur rechten Zeit sich ein. -- Mephistopheles, in Goethe's _Faust_ ========================================================