Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 08:37:55 EDT From: Terry Lynn Irons Subject: Consonant Cluster Reduction > > While we are on the subject of various pronciations (e.g., jewelry), I > thought I'd mention some English words with difficult to pronounce final > consonants. In the following, I commonly hear one or more of the final > consonants dropped: > > twelfth, pron'd TWELF ("th" dropped) > sixth, pron'd SIKST ("h" dropped) > months, pron'd MUNTS ("h" dropped) > wreaths, pron'd REEZ ("th" dropped) > > Have other people noticed this? Maybe pronchick Rima Mc has. > This kind of final consonant cluster reduction is quite common in much of spoken American English. Various scholars have pointed to it as a feature of African American English Vernacular. It is a function of the basic tendency in language to move toward ease of articulation. Terry Irons -- (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)