Fricative voicing . . .

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri May 12 14:14:43 UTC 2006

Beverly was quoting my transcription of the end of the
word "lousy": /-zI/ vs. /-sI/.  I was just following the
phonemic convention.  I don't know how many (or which)
American speakers actually prounounce the vowel as [-I].  I
myself (like Mark) certainly do not.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 09:42:18 -0400
>From: "Mark A. Mandel" <mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Fricative voicing . . .

>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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