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English {phth} (was: Hellenish oddities)

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Friday, November 24, 2000, 8:39
> Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 07:41:31 +0000 > From: Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
> But medial [fT] is interesting in that in colloquial speech one often hears > [pT] - years ago when "diphtheria" was, sadly, occurred more often in > speech, one heard it pronounced [dIp'Ti:ri@] more often than not IIRC. And > I've definitely heard people talk about ['dIpTONz].
And then there's the combination sigma-phi, as in sphere. In Danish (as in English) the official pronunciation is /sf-/, but (unlike English) there really aren't any word in common use where it is initial. In atmosf