On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 8:18 PM, Kelvin Jackson <[log in to unmask]> 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, and whether the /wInT/ > pronunciation is commonplace or not. For me it seems to be a cluster, with a voiced stop and unvoiced fricative. The fricative almost sounds like it's starting a second syllable, and when it's followed in the same prosodic unit by a word beginning with a vowel, it migrates over and becomes an onset (so "the width of" is realized as [[log in to unmask]] ).