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    Unusual pronunciation of "senses"

    Hi all!
    Famous "Oops! I did it again" by Britney Spears
    From first verse:
    'Cause to lose all my senses
    That is just so typically me

    She sings word "senses" in such unusual way... I have a fixed idea that she sings something different. Please explain.

    Thank you!
    Last edited by romVsen; 08-Nov-2017 at 01:40. Reason: Edit

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    Re: Unusual pronunciation of "senses"

    Ok, excuse me for the link absense.
    I really hear something like this ( sorry for nonsense mix of words, don't know how to write transcription):
    ... lose all my "iz any staz"

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    Re: Unusual pronunciation of "senses"

    The final "s" in the word "senses" does sound like a "z" when spoken or sung. That's correct. Whether an "s" at the end of the word sounds like a sibilant "s" or more like a "z" depends on the word.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Nov-2017 at 21:11. Reason: Fixed typo
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Unusual pronunciation of "senses"

    She pronounces the second e like the first, presumably to support the song's rhyme scheme. (I didn't listen to the next line to find out.) Usually the second e is reduced to a schwa.

    So yes, her pronunciation is a bit unusual there.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Unusual pronunciation of "senses"

    Quote Originally Posted by romVsen View Post
    Ok, excuse me for the absent/missing link absense.
    I really hear something like this ( sorry for nonsense mix of words, don't know how to write transcription):
    ... lose all my "iz any staz"
    The young Britney used a breathy singing style that introduced a lot of extra sounds which could be heard as vowels. I heard that bit as lost all my uh-sense-ehs​, with the second vowel of "senses" pronounced unusually as I noted above.
    I am not a teacher.

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