Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 14:57:28 EDT
From: Michael Montgomery N270053[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VM.SC.EDU
Subject: Greasy et al.
We were talking about the "greasy line" the other day in class and the
questions came up of whether the same /s/ vs. /z/ contrast occurs medially
in other words and whether this might be regionally patterned as for
_greasy_. The following words were suggested as possibilities:
visa/Visa. I tend to hear the voiced fricative here in South
Carolina; is the voiceless alternative common in the North? Does
the Romance pronunciation with s influence its English pronunciation
Syracuse. Many folks I knew growing up (in Tennessee) and other
Southerners used the voiced fricate here. Network sportscasters
seem all to use the s.
breezy. I wouldn't have thought there was any variation here, but
I've noticed the pronunciation with s on national weather forecases,
as on the Weather Channel. Is this pronounced with s in the North,
perhaps by analogy with _greasy_?
I remember being told in graduate school that the greasy line pertained
to a once-off feature, but am not now so sure.