/zh/ replacing /dzh/?
hstahlke at WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Tue Sep 24 05:03:46 UTC 2002
I've noticed for some time that many of my students and a lot of newsreaders and sports announcers, local, cable, and network, are replacing certain cases of /dzh/ with /zh/. I first noticed it with proper nouns like Beijing and Elijah, which are now regularly pronounced with palato-alveolar fricatives rather than affricates. This evening a newsreader on MSNBC did the same replacement with "siege". That's the first case I've noticed in a word that wasn't a name and/or foreign sounding.
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