dcamp911 at JUNO.COM
Sat Nov 9 03:52:56 UTC 2002
There is a phenomenon I have noticed for years, sort out of the corner of
Most people form the "th" sounds by placing the tip of the tongue against
the back of the teeth. As I talk through it, it can be the upper teeth or
the upper and lower teeth together. Occasionally, though, I notice people
making the sound by extending the tongue beyond the teeth, sticking it
out slightly, visibly.
Here's the MCP part. I have noticed this only in women, and particularly
attractive women, more particularly women who have an investment in their
attractiveness. Perhaps it is selective observation -- I may look more
closely at attractive women. In fact, I know I do. But I have never
observed this in men. The physical pronunciation characteristics, that
is, not the part about looking at attractive women.
In fact, I think I noticed this first in beauty contest winners being
interviewed, and I think there may be a higher incidence in this unique
cohort. Watch them say, "Thank you" (which they say a lot). The tongue
very often protrudes.
Is this manner of pronouncing the "TH' sounds specific to women? Has
anyone observed it in men?
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