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Re: Pre-Kindergarten diphthong analysis

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Friday, September 19, 2008, 13:41
On 19/09/2008, J R <tanuef@...> wrote:
> I remember insisting when I was younger that 'tree' must be spelled 'chree', > because the word began with /tS/, and we had learned that /tS/ was spelled > 'ch'. I was told in resonse that it did not begin with /tS/, but with 't'. > While I was right, I was also wrong ... since /S/ is automatically inserted > into a /tr/ sequence, it makes sense to spell it with a 't' as well.
Perhaps a better response for that situation might have been, "Spelling is based on a standard pronunciation; in this case, the standard pronunciation has /tr/ rather than the /tSr/ that's common around here, which explains why the word is spelled with |tr| and not |chr|". (That would also cover things such as people with pen-pin mergers, or father-bother, which-witch, or horse-hoarse, or .... -- recourse to a standard pronunciation in which such distinctions *are* made.) Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>