/zink/ for "sink"--How widespread?

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Apr 10 11:28:44 UTC 2003

I don't remember Jane Curtin 's character, but it seems unlikely that
she would play any Long John Silver types, presumably with a
southwestern (Zomerzet) accent.


>>>How widespread is the pronunciation of /zink/ for "sink" (where dishes are
>  On the old Saturday Night Live, with the original cast, Jane Curtin
>had a recurring character that pronounced most initial and medial s
>phonemes as z.  I can't recall if she was supposed to be some
>specific nationality, though.

Dennis R. Preston
Professor of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic,
      Asian & African Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
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