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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 > 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


Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>