Roger Mills wrote:
> However, in all my roughly 25,000 days I've never heard it pronounced with
> final /z/, as if it were "verses"; the final /s/ is always voiceless, even
> from dum-dum sports commentators (amazingly).
Interestingly, I say it with a /s/ when it refers to legal cases, but
usually a /z/ when it's sports teams, altho it may be /s/ if the second
team starts with a voiceless consonant. UF vs. FSU would usually be
/vr=sIs/, but "FSU vs. UF" would be /vr=sIz/
I don't know if that's an idiosynracy of mine, or a feature of my
dialect. I'll have to try to listen for that.
At any rate, as /s/, /z/, and /Iz/ are varients of the same morpheme,
maybe it's simply analyzed as a slightly irregular form?
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