Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 13:54:11 -0500 From: Ron Butters Subject: Re: Ast for Ask someone writes: >>>>>Isn't ast for ask fairly easy to understand just in articulatory terms? When you pronounce the s, you then have to move your tongue way back in your mouth to do the velar k. But if (without really thinking about it) you kind of naturally slip into making things a bit easier on yourself, tonguewise, then from an "s" tongue-position in the mouth, the nearest voiceless stop for an English speaker is t, not k.<<<<< Yes. This is a the phonologial process known as ASSIMILATION. It is why we say MARBLE instead of MARMOL (B > M under the influence of the surrounding nonasal sounds--as well as under the influence of the initial M).