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On 3/16/06, Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> words like "huge" and "human" normally have a real [hj] cluster
> to match my phonemic /hj/,  they likewise occasionally start with [C]
> instead-

I have [C] there, too, and assumed many do -- which is one reason why
I'm surprised when Americans pronounce German [C] as [k] or [S] --
after all, they have the phone in their own language! They "just" need
to get used to pronouncing it in other environments than the ones
conditioning that phone in their language. (Just as I claim that
initial [N] is also fairly simple to say, even though [N] doesn't
occur initially in any of my L1s.)

Cheers,
--
Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]>