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Re: USAGE: writ [was Re: Here, *Here*, and There, *There*]

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Monday, July 1, 2002, 5:36
On Sunday, June 30, 2002, at 06:47 , Thomas R. Wier wrote:

> Quoting agricola <agricola@...>: > >> Also, it'd be pronounced /wrItiN/. :) >> >> /rItiN/ would be the present participle of "rit", i.e., to apply RIT to >> a >> lice infested school child. ;) > > What? In all my experience, a <writ> (as in "of habeas corpus") > has always been [rIt]; the onset cluster [wr] is complete disallowed > for me, not surprisingly, since it flagrantly violates sonority > contour principles.
/wr/ does occur in Welsh, and I can pronounce Wrecsam (Wrexham) in both the Welsh & the English manner; the English is always pronounced simply with initial /r/. In my 63 and a bit years I've _never_ heard the initial sound of 'writ', 'write', 'wrong' etc pronounced /wr/. I thought that pronunciation had died out in English a few centuries ago. In what neck of the woods does agricola live? Ray.


And Rosta <a-rosta@...>