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----- Original Message -----
From: "Isidora Zamora" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, October 03, 2003 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: Chinese Dialect Question

> [T] and [D] are notoriously difficult, although I wouldn't know, since I'm
> a native English speaker.  But if you want an idea just how objectively
> difficult the interdental fricatives are, I have heard from both a
> professor of phonology (one of his specialties was child phonological
> disorders) and a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) that it is no cause for
> concern yet if you have a 5 or 6 year old child who cannot pronounce those
> sounds properly.


Well, in a lot of S. English dialects, /T/ and /f/ have merged into [f].