Fricative voicing in *houses*

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Wed May 10 14:25:24 UTC 2006

Not only does my wife, from the Chicago area, keep the /s/
of "house" unvoiced in the plural.  She also pronounces
the "s" of "blouse" as /s/, which sounds odd to my Southern
ear (actually, I have two of those).  I don't recall ever
hearing her use "blouse" as a verb.


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