English words beginning with <j> pronounced [Z]?

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Wed Jan 23 00:13:12 UTC 2008

Does anybody whose name is Jacques pronounce his name as identical with "jock"?

I doubt it. And Canada is full of Jacques and jocks.
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-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Preston <preston at MSU.EDU>

Date:         Mon, 21 Jan 2008 13:19:07
Subject:      Re: [ADS-L] English words beginning with <j> pronounced [Z]?

In LIN 101 we teach students that /Z/ (the second sound in 'azure'
the last sound in 'garage') is a silly sound (like ng) which can
occur internally and finally but never initially. In final position
it is giving way to /dZ/, and here in good-talking and linguistically
secure Michigan, people surveyed were not sensitive to the final /dZ/
pronunciation as nonstandard.


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>Poster:       Nadia Gabriel <nadpaz3 at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject:      English words beginning with <j> pronounced [Z]?
>Dear all,
>A question out of a friend's curious brain - he is French, currently taking
>lessons to improve his English:
>Do you know of words, common word or proper names, in the English language
>that begin with the letter <j> but that are pronounced without the [d]
>sound, just the [Z] sound?
>Or, to put it another way, words where the initial <j> is pronounced as in
>I can't think of any!
>An advanced search in the OED Online ("Entries containing Z
>in Pronunciations") retrieves only one word: jinricksha, jinrikisha,
>from Japanese.
>I'd be grateful for any comments!
>  (I must add I didn't read all the article under the entry for the letter J,
>which also appeared in the results of my search - Wonderful OED)
>Thank you,
>  Nadia Gabriel
>  Librarian & Translator
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of English
Morrill Hall 15-C
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48864 USA

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