Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1993 07:28:08 EST From: Robert Kelly Subject: Re: Mail Order / Pin-Pen / LAGS I think I once heard an unvoiced medial /s/ appear in my own pronunciation of "houses" --- a feature that irritates. Has anyone charted the (apparently) progressive replacement of houZes by houSSes? I hear it more and more in new college students. If this feature is on the march, it seems a more radical change than the gradual assimilation of front vowels of the pen/pin sort--- though the s/z difference does not have any American isogloss to support it. It seems, in other words, a floating feature. Does anyone have any references on this matter? RK