Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    Odessa Dawn is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    1,614

    difference + (-s)

    IPA Typewriter

    ■ Plurals in speech: the alternation between /ɪz/, /s/, and /z/

    [1] i /ɪz/ after the sibilants /s/, /z/, /ʃ/, /ʒ/, /ʧ/, and /ʤ/

    ii /s/after other voiceless consonants

    iii /z/ after other voiced sounds (including all vowels)

    Extract from The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language/Rodney Huddleston, Geoffrey K. Pullum

    Page - 1585




    George Galloway MP at 0:15 pronounced the sibilant suffix in the word difference(s) here as /Is/ while below it is /ɪz/.


    It looks queer to me. But since I have no idea why it has been uttered in that way, I choose you as the final arbiter.

    Thank you.


  2. #2
    Raymott's Avatar
    Raymott is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    25,679

    Re: difference + (-s)

    That's his accent. It's barely noticeable. By the way, he's Scottish.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •