Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 17:04:52 -0400
From: "Bethany K. Dumas" dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTK.EDU
Subject: Re: Greasy et al.
On Wed, 11 Sep 1996, Michael Montgomery asked:
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
So far as I remember, I have never said or heard the voiced fricative.
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.
I say /z/.
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_?
As a good southerner, I always say /z/.
Bethany K. Dumas, J.D., Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, Language & Law
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