On 7/10/07, Lars Finsen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Funny loves people have. What about the American Hispanics. What do
> they make of the z?

In Latin American Spanish, there is no pronunciation difference
between <z> and <s>; both are /s/.

Note that in Spanish, the pronunciation of <z> is also the
pronunciation of "soft" <c>, that is, <c> before <e> or <i>.  So
Peninsular  /graTias/, Latino /grasias/.

> Well, the normal is /z/.

By whose definition of "normal"?   :)

Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>