Date: Mon, 11 Mar 1996 13:49:43 -0800 From: David Robertson Subject: Re: drouth etc. So is this subject related to the process that gives Spokane, WA's dialect of English the word spelled *height* and pronounced [hait8], where [8] represents the sound 'theta'? You'd expect such a phone or phoneme to be unstable, as I understand articulatory and historical phonetics. And sure enough, you can find all kinds of weird "th" behavior in our dialect. For example, we also have [lEn8] or [len8] for *length* and [sc^rEn8] or [sc^ren8] for *strength*. ...Pardon the IPA (Improvised Phonetic Alphabet)... Dave