Re: /ʒ/ sound
The /dʒ/ and/ʒ/ sounds at the end of garage are said to be in free variation. Either can be used with no change of meaning.
The 'dark /l/' at the end of pill and the 'clear /l/' at the beginning of 'lip' are in complementary distribution in my dialect. We recognise the two as being one phoneme, but native speakers will never use one allophone where the other is natural - even if they are not aware that they are using different allophones.
Re: /ʒ/ sound
I studied Phonetics and Phonology some years ago, and I think that the question refers to the position of the sound /ʒ/. (I might be wrong)
Originally Posted by madziekD
Gimson gives detailed information about it.
"word-initial _ (in French loan words) gigolo, gigue, jabot, genre
word-medial _ pleasure, leisure, usual, confusion, decision
word-final _ (only in French loan words; an alternative pronunciation with /dʒ/ is possible) _ prestige, barrage, rouge, beige, garage
in word-initial clusters _ does not occur
in word-final clusters _ /ʒn(z)/ vision(s), in French words, when said with final /ʒ/, the cluster /ʒd/ is possible, e.g. camouflaged. Moreover for those who use final /ʒ/, rather than /dʒ/, after /n/, e.g. in arrange (d), the clusters /nʒ(d)/ may occur."
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