Kelvin Jackson wrote: > I remember reading once about the affricates /dD)/ and /tT)/, and > realizing that they may occur in English: specifically in the word > "width". However, I tend to realize "width" as /wInT/, despite the > spelling. I'm wondering how everyone pronounces this cluster in English, [wItT] but although in a given language /tT)/ could (and probably does) occur as an affricate, IMO it's simpler to regard just as an interesting cluster in English. > and whether the /wInT/ pronunciation is commonplace or not. I've not heard it before. But it's interesting. When my brother was young he habitually pronounced _vegetable_ , ['vEdZ0t@bl=] in this neck of the woods, as ['vEntS)t@bl=]. There was a devoicing of the [dZ] before [t], but with an epenthetic [n] to compensate. I'm wondering if something like that is happening in your pronunciation. It would, indeed, be interesting to know if /wInT/, or anything similar, is common anywhere. -- Ray ================================== http://www.carolandray.plus.com ================================== "Ein Kopf, der auf seine eigene Kosten denkt, wird immer Eingriffe in die Sprache thun." [J.G. Hamann, 1760] "A mind that thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language".