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
----- Original Message -----
From: "Nik Taylor" <fortytwo@...>
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"
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