'noose' = news

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 12 13:43:20 UTC 2014

What you might be hearing is a lack of lengthening in the vowel as we would
expect before a syllable-final lenis consonant.  Unless followed by a
voiced segment, the /z/ of news would devoice anyway.  Without the vowel
length, we would hear devoiced /z/ as [s].  I have a colleague who shortens
the vowel regularly in the suffix -ese, so that "Japanese" and "Chinese"
sound like they end in /-is/.


On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM, Bergdahl, David <bergdahl at ohio.edu> wrote:

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> A few times in the past week I've heard "news" pronounced as "noose" on
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> le news (probably CNN or MSNBC).  Is the devoicing of the final /z/ in
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