intervocalic voicing of fricatives

Donald M Lance lancedm at MISSOURI.EDU
Tue Jun 25 18:24:37 UTC 2002

He just didn't pay attention in phonics class and has extended terminal
voicelessness to all words ending with sibilance.  "It's spelled with an -s
and people oughta say it with an -s !!"

on 6/25/02 11:42 AM, Dennis R. Preston at preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU wrote:

> And how can any of this account for the fact that W has got no final
> voiced continuants - plurals (e.g., reaches), possessives (e.g., Bin
> Laden's), 3rd person indicatives (e.g., begs) or plain old
> monomorphemes (e.g., badge). Just listen.
> dInIs
>> On Tue, 25 Jun 2002, Dale Coye wrote:
>> #I think I commented a few years ago that Joseph is going the other way-- it
>> #was always /z/ in the old days, but many young people here in NJ and I've
>> #heard it from Californians too, now have /s/.   I think Jerusalem may have
>> #been /z/ too according to some older dictionaries (100 years ago).
>> I've heard Jeru/z/alem for a long time; I guess I'm used to it as an
>> alternate. Like Roly, I've noticed Ka/Z/mir appearing more often in the
>> news reports in recent... hm, months but the past several years as well,
>> ISTM.
>> However, I noticed /Z/ many decades ago, if memory serves, in the
>> eponymous "cashmere" -- maybe even in my grandmother's speech (b. NYC
>> approx. 1889) -- and remarked on it to myself.
>> #        I also reported in an AS article a while back on a very complicated
>> #regional pattern for 'houses'--the noun plural, which can show either /s/ or
>> #/z/ for both final and medial fricative all over the US.
>> How does the distribution of the final /s/ in this plural compare with
>> general final plural /s/?
>> -- Mark A. Mandel
>> Linguist at Large
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