/zh/ replacing /dzh/?

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Sep 25 17:12:48 UTC 2002

First syllable? There are two syllables in 'garage'? Aint it /gradzh/
(adopting the /dzh/ spelling of the affricate used so far in this


On Wed, 25 Sep 2002, Alice Faber wrote:

#Well, of course, the right way to say Elijah has neither /zh/ nor
#/dzh/...but I don't think I've ever heard a non-affricated English
#pronunciation. Garage with /dzh/ strikes me as a Britishism

The Brits go the whole hog on anglicizing it: they stress the first
syllable, too:

         ' g ae r I dZ

rhyming with "carriage".

-- Mark A. Mandel

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