Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 17:31:48 -0400
From: Alan Baragona
Subject: Re: kleenex, sheetrock, and dragon systems; emoticon

At 05:09 PM 5/29/98 -0400, David Bergdahl wrote:
>On Fri, 29 May 1998, Alan Baragona wrote:
>> Oops. Let me revise that. The pronunciation I was taught by the computer
>> geek had the lax /I/, not the diphthong, which is what I was looking at, but
>> not the /mat/. So I pronounce it /i.'mot.I.kan/.
>I'm surprised at all these intervocalic T's!! This qtr I was interviewed
>by a TESOL student who had just returned from seven years in Indonesia.
>When I mentioned the term he wrote down "emodican" :-) I say [i 'mod
>[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] kan], obviously.

You're right, it should be surprising for an intervocalic dental, but in
fact my /t/ is definitely and consistently voiceless. Probably trying to
emphasize the connection to "emote." Don't know why I don't feel the need
to emphasize the connection to "icon" with a diphthong, but the analogy with
"lexicon" seems to be stronger for me (or for the person who taught me the
word, whom I'm just imitating). If I used the word more often, I might
eventually voice it.

Alan B.