s > z

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Sep 22 11:32:48 UTC 1999

Seems to me we are a little off track here. The US dialectal/sociolectal
pronunciation "zink" is a lexical feature like "greazy."  (E.g., I say
"greazy," but for me clouds are not "fleezy.") The England West Country (or
Long John Silver) voicing rule ("Zomerzet") is a general one, stretching
across the entire lexicon and extends to other fricatives (e.g., f ----->
v, sh ----> zh).

Trudgill's The Dialects of England (2nd ed.) cites such forms for the "West
Southwest" but notes their earlier spread across the entire south coast of
England. They are no longer there in the eastern (e.g., Kent) areas.

dInIs (who has no patch and parrot)

>I think this is also a feature of West Country UK dialects -
>Somerset, Cornwall, perhaps Dorset. I remember stereotypical
>rustics from the West Country in radio serials like "The Archers
>of Ambridge" (ever went to air in the US?) talking about the
>"zons of the zoil".  Should be in the Trudgill and Hannah book
>on "International English".
>Roly Sussex
>The University of Queensland

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