[Ads-l] "Downsight" (P.S.)

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Dec 31 16:27:09 UTC 2014

I say (if I'm reporting accurately) newz, newspaper, 
newz-worthy  (but not newz-sworthy).  As Larry suggests, the 
environment seems to determine -- there isn't (yet?) a word 
"noosepaper" that would need to distinguish.


At 12/31/2014 11:06 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>On Dec 31, 2014, at 1:34 AM, W Brewer wrote:
> > BN: <<Except that I have been hearing news with [s]
> > on NPR in recent months.>>
> > WB:  Probably [#nu:zssss#] vs [#'nu:z worthy#].
> > Unremarkable allophony.
> >
>Seriously, to support your general point:  I was scoffing at "NPR 
>noose" but then I realized that I probably say "noosepaper", so it's 
>just a question of which environments (word-final vs. pre-voiceless 
>consonant) the devoicing occurs in.  Whether this is allophony 
>depends on your theory.
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