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Re: THEORY: derivation question

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Monday, March 29, 1999, 16:21
On Sun, 28 Mar 1999 22:12:55 -0500 John Cowan <cowan@...>
>> But where does the /f/ come from? Is it that final /xt/ >> becomes /:t/, but /x.t/ (in different syllables as in laughter) >> becomes /f.t/, with /x/ shifting from velar to labiodental?
>AFAIK there's no accounting for which /x/ became /f/: laugh /f/, >enough /f/, right /:/, laughter /f/.
>There are some dialects of English that replace final /T/ with /f/: >math /m&f/, for example. Some speakers of this have learned >the standard pronunciation, but hypercorrect in the word "trough" >/trO:f/ and say /tro:T/ instead. >-- >John Cowan
I always thought that "trough" is pronounced /trO:/, without any final consonant. Then again, i don't come across many troughs around here :) -Stephen (Steg) "no! sleep! till Brooklyn!" ___________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]