Fricative voicing in *houses*

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Wed May 10 16:28:18 UTC 2006

Charles Doyle wrote:
> 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.

How else would you say "blouse"? [blawZ]??? I don't think I've ever
heard that.

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