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    Default Re: "x" in "loch"? (pronunciation)

    Some English speakers produce this sound unknowingly, in contexts where the /k/ is followed by a /h/ .
    I've just realized that a well-known 'Two Ronnies' sketch involving a pun between 'four candles' and 'fork handles' demonstrates this. The buyer differentiated by making the /k/ fricative, and the shop-keeper didn't - by dropping the /h/.

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    Default Re: "x" in "loch"? (pronunciation)

    The voiceless velar fricative (/x/ in IPA) and the voiceless uvular fricative (/χ/ in IPA) are distinct sounds. The "ch" in Scots English and German is velar. Oowekyala has both velar and uvular fricative phonemes.

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    Default Re: "x" in "loch"? (pronunciation)

    It's a braw bricht moonlicht nicht och aye the noo ye ken

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    Happy Saint Andrew's Day, Curmudgeon!

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    Default Re: "x" in "loch"? (pronunciation)

    Quote Originally Posted by blueabell2go View Post
    Happy Saint Andrew's Day, Curmudgeon!
    And you!!

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