> Ray Rote;
> But forget _with_. Here down south, old hands like me say [wID],
> while the younger generations say [wiv]. In parts of the north
> one hears [wiT] and in certain other parts [wi]; I've certainly heard
> [wId] among Irish speakers.
> 'twas intentional. AFAIK that's how it's pronounced in some lowland
> Scots dialects where it's transcribed as "wi'" by those trying to indicate
> dialect pronunciation. But possible [wI] also occurs - certainly word
> final [I] is common enough in many northern English dialects. The
> variety of lowland Scots dialects never ceases to amaze me.
Indeed some accents and dialects drop /T/ and /D/ altogether. But
Hibernian english may sound like /d/ but is in fact dental /t/ ( t[ ).
So /T/ becomes /t[/ and /D/ becomes /d[/. To the unpractised ear they
all sound like /d/.