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Re: CHAT: "T's okay" and initial /ts/ affricates

From:Laurie Gerholz <milo@...>
Date:Saturday, September 26, 1998, 19:09
Geez, Tom, ask the hard questions!

Tom Wier wrote:
> > Laurie Gerholz wrote: > > > S'Okay. > > I know this is totally offtopic from what you were talking about, but I couldn't > resist this one: you say /soukei/ rather than /tsoukei/? I find this very interesting, > because I've been noticing around here that people regularly use the affricate > /ts/ rather than the fricative /s/, which seems to go against Standard English > phonology (but then it shouldn't be surprising because Standard English is an > artificial phenomenon anyways). I know I use the affricate usually, unless I'm > *really* tired. So, what do other people use here? I would be most interested in > knowing. :) >
I'm not really sure. I suspect that I use both in speech. I never really thought about it. The /tsoukei/ shouldn't really be a violoation of Standard English phonology because it's *actually* a contraction of "it's okay". I actually began *consciously* using the phrase only in writing, after seeing other people write it. Until you brought it up, I wasn't ever conscious of actually using it in speech. Laurie --- Laurie Gerholz