/zh/ replacing /dzh/?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Sep 25 18:14:51 UTC 2002

At 12:02 PM -0400 9/25/02, Alice Faber wrote:
>Douglas Bigham said:
>>"Beijing" and "Elijah" with /dzh/ sound as funny to me as "garage" does with
>>it.  I would laugh and point.  Weezer say "garage" with a /dzh/ and it
>>supposed to be funny.  I laugh and point.
>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

Or Briticism, as in witticism.  Yes, I believe the affricate goes
with first syllable main stress (and secondary stress in the second,
as in the Briticized versions of "ballet" and other French loans, as
we've discussed on other occasions).


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