"ese" suffix

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Apr 10 11:30:35 UTC 2003

>When Dubya is in his best rhetorical mode, all his final voiced
>continuants become voiceless.

dInIs (happy to be voiceless in his final segment from birth)

>I have been wondering from afar if there is a tendency for final
>devoicing of voiced obstruents in American English - or at least of
>final -s.
>Certainly plurals and genitives seem to do this in some cases with
>some speakers: so McDonald's is sometimes /-ts/, with retrogressive
>assimilation of (de-)voicing. It may be morphologically conditioned:
>I have heard Chinese as /-s/, but not cheese as /-s/.
>Roly Sussex
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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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