/zh/ replacing /dzh/?

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Wed Sep 25 16:39:18 UTC 2002

>  >Well, of course, the right way to say Elijah has neither /zh/ nor
>Well, what is the 'right' way?


>>but I don't think I've ever heard a non-affricated English
>>pronunciation. Garage with /dzh/ strikes me as a Britishism
>GaraZH has always sounded like some affectation. I can see
>pronouncing 'liege' with  ZH; maybe the speaker is trying to sound
>more French. The Normans had lieges and so on.  So, with respect to
>those old social  classes... However, the garage hardly seems to be
>the place to be puttin' on airs.  When I hear some hick from Indiana
>say 'garazh' I snicker.
>BTW, no one (at least that I have seen) has mentioned the Taj Mahal.
>TaJ or TaZH?

I grew up with /gar'azh/--can't imagine saying it any other way. I've
been called out for inauthentically saying /tazh/ Mahal rather than
/tadzh/ though.

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