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    Default Voicing a word months

    Hi, there.
    Could you please write down a transcription of that word?
    I feel that we need to add iz at the end but I can't find the rule to stick to.
    Could you please mention that as well.
    I tried to find how that word is voiced all over the Internet, but didn't found, so I would be grateful if you would give me a link to the resource.

    Thank, for your reply.

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    Default Re: Voicing a word months

    My BrE transcription would be /mʌnθs/, /mʌnts/, /mʌns/.

    The plural -(e)s is pronounced /ɪz/ after /s, z, ʃ,ʒ, ʧ/ and /ʤ/.

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    Default Re: Voicing a word months

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    My BrE transcription would be /mʌnθs/, /mʌnts/, /mʌns/.

    The plural -(e)s is pronounced /ɪz/ after /s, z, ʃ,ʒ, ʧ/ and /ʤ/.
    Thank you, fivejedjon.
    I'm fine with /mʌnts/ and /mʌns/ and I shall use it, but I have no idea how to pronounce /mʌnθs/ with that double sibilant at the end :)

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    Default Re: Voicing a word months

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    The plural -(e)s is pronounced /ɪz/ after /s, z, ʃ,ʒ, ʧ/ and /ʤ/.
    Do we call such consonants 'sibilants'?
    What do we call consonants that are ..er.. vocalized(/b/, /m/, /n/, /l/, /d/, /g/ etc)? What do we call consonants that are pronounced without voice (such as /p/, /t/, /k/, /h/, /f/)? I realized I didn't know the English terminology.

    to AlexAD: As far as I know, /θ/ is not a sibilant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Thank you, fivejedjon.
    I'm fine with /mʌnts/ and /mʌns/ and I shall use it, but I have no idea how to pronounce /mʌnθs/ with that double sibilant at the end :)
    Did you click on the link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Thank you, fivejedjon.
    I'm fine with /mʌnts/ and /mʌns/ and I shall use it, but I have no idea how to pronounce /mʌnθs/ with that double sibilant at the end :)
    Except in careful speech, native speakers don't find it easy. That's why we normally use one of the other two forms.

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    Default Re: Voicing a word months

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Did you click on the link?
    Yes, I did, but since I have a bear stepped on my ears I can't get the difference, they sound pretty same for me.

    To Verona_82, to be honest, I don't know how they call such sounds according to the classification. The only thing I wanted to say by that is that /θ/ produces hissing as well as /s/ produces whistle and I don't know how to pronounce it when they're together. Sorry if I didn't name it properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Yes, I did, but since I have a bear stepped on my ears I can't get the difference, they sound pretty same for me.
    A bear did the same to me! Could have been the same one!

    Not sure why you're interested in this but if it's just for general language learning, I wouldn't worry too much about it. As long as you're understood, the accent doesn't matter.

    And, anyway, most of the Russian speakers I help with English have more problems with softening sounds and adding a whole bunch of ё's and ю's.

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    Default Re: Voicing a word months

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Do we call such consonants 'sibilants'? Some writers do.

    What do we call consonants that are ..er.. vocalized(/b/, /m/, /n/, /l/, /d/, /g/ etc)? Voiced consonants.

    What do we call consonants that are pronounced without voice (such as /p/, /t/, /k/, /h/, /f/)? Voiceless consonants.

    As far as I know, /θ/ is not a sibilant. Correct.
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