Re: Real language questions
|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Monday, October 8, 2001, 2:48|
Ciege Engine wrote:
> [Im needing this information for school spelling team.
> help is most appreciated!]
> 1. How can the word protozoon be pronounced
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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