question on pronunciation in Jespersen

Stahlke, Herbert F.W. hstahlke at BSU.EDU
Wed Nov 5 18:24:10 UTC 2003

In a section on the suffices -Vnce and -Vncy, Jespersen writes, "A good deal of vacillation between -nce and -ncy may partly be attributed to the fact that the plurals -nces and -ncies are identical in sound, e. g. inadvertences = inadvertencies, impertinences = impertinencies."  I have never noticed.  To me the pronunciations are distinct.  Would this be a first-half of the 20th c. British pronunciation?


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