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Perfectly unremarkable around here.  In fact,  "clothes" and "close"
were included as examples of homophones when we were taught that
concept in school.

On 8/6/07, T. A. McLeay <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Henrik Theiling wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> > R A Brown writes:
> ...
> >> IME /Ts/ and /Dz/ maintain their individual sounds.
> >> ...
> >
> > Hmm.  I think I should try to pronounce that differently then.  Or
> > simply start a new dialect.  I think it started with 'clothes' which
> > probably ends more like -/Dz/.
>
> In fact, the first pronunciation in the dictionary is usually some
> equivalent of /klouz/. For my part, and based on the experience of those
> around me, the most common pronunciation does have a /D/ and the
> /D/-less pronunciation the dictionary prefers actually sounds as
> weird/sloppy as pronouncing "paths" without the /D~T/. (Actually, having
> learnt the "standard" pronunciation lacks the /D/, I began omitting it
> for a few brief while, and it was noticed and criticised.)
>
> --
> Tristan.
>


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