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
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.