Fricative voicing . . .

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Fri May 12 13:42:18 UTC 2006

 Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at OHIO.EDU> writes:

The laxing of the vowel [in "lousy" /-zI/ vs. /-sI/] is interesting here
too.  I know it's happening, but I'm not sure of its distribution. Anyone?

Are we talking about a pronunciation here or a notational variant? I always
hear the final vowel written "-y" as a short [i], but I learned to write it
phonemically as /I/. I was actually surprised when English (UK) linguists
informed me that over yonder it's a phonetic [I].

-- Mark
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