Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 20:28:27 -0400 From: Robert Howren Subject: Re: Consonant Cluster Reduction On Thu, 14 Sep 1995, Terry Lynn Irons wrote: > 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) > > > It should be pointed out that while the first and fourth of these words do indeed illustrate "dropped" consonants, the second and third don't. "h" is dropped in these two only in an orthographic sense. The dental fricative in "sixth" pronounced as SIKST and in "months" pronounced as MUNTS is >replaced< by a different consonant, not deleted. --rh |>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>| | Robert Howren howren[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] | | Hillsborough, NC | |<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<|