Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 11:02:47 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: Ast for Ask At 10:21 AM 10/30/97 -0500, you wrote: >A number of words developed an intrusive /t/ after /s/ in ME as in ME >listnen from OE hlysnan, or ME beheste from OE behaes. I wonder if "ast" >is an instance showing the phenomenon is ongoing. > 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. Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]