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Re: Real language questions

From:Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>
Date:Thursday, October 11, 2001, 21:48
Mighnt't you be getting confused between "protozoan" (member of the order
protozoa) and protozoon (a specific protozoa)? I'm sure they're 2 separate
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From: "Nik Taylor" <fortytwo@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2001 3:48 AM
Subject: Re: Real language questions

> Ciege Engine wrote: > > > > [Im needing this information for school spelling team. > > help is most appreciated!] > > > > 1. How can the word protozoon be pronounced > > proh-toe-ZOE-an? > > Presumably by analogy with other -an/-on words. Final -an or -on tend > to be pronounced with a schwa. Actually, unstressed vowels in general > have a tendency to become schwa ESPECIALLY in final syllables, so if one > pronounces that word as four syllables, it's pretty much inevitable that > the second part will be schwa. > > > 2. Why did modern englih drop the pronounced -ed > > We did? :-) We never dropped the -ed, just the vowel. :-) Well, some > speakers do drop the /d/, too. But at any rate, it's because it was > unstressed, the vowel became /@/, just like in rapid speech, people tend > to say /plis/ for "police" > > -- > "No just cause can be advanced by terror" > ICQ: 18656696 > AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42