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    s/z pronunciation

    When do we pronounce 's' as 'z'?

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    Smile Re: s/z pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    When do we pronounce 's' as 'z'?
    I guess there is no rule for that, we learn it and memorize it as we hear it.

    Here are some examples:

    Possessed (POZESSED)
    Scissors (sciZors)


    however... if you pay attention, a voiced sound goes with a voiced sound, and... of course, a voiceless sound goes with another voiceless sound.

    Compare:

    VOICED sound: z sound
    you can feel it on your nose or throat

    She knows!
    He has got a ten!
    It seems you have a...

    VOICELESS sound: s sound itself:
    you feel nothing

    It develops ...
    It hits ...
    Thanks!
    It stops ...

    I took this from an old book: A COURSE OF ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION. By J. D. O'Connor.

    (s) is a voiceless sound, hissing sound, and (z) a voiced, buzzing sound. This difference apart they are both made in the same way, with the tip of the tongue very close to the palate a little way behind the teeth, so that the air has to force its way past and make the noise of the sounds.

    To have a closer look at the details, this webpage certainly helps out:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/pron/sounds/
    Last edited by Offroad; 02-Dec-2008 at 06:54.

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    Re: s/z pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    When do we pronounce 's' as 'z'?
    very often, both in the 'middle' and at the end of words
    more examples...(at least in North American pronunciation)

    reason, chosen, bosom, enthusiasm, confuse

    was, jobs, lids, shoes, rags, skis, sells, plums, runs, tears, loves, vows, says,

    but not in sacs, packs, stops, less, eats,

    roofs can be pronounced as an 's" or 'z'


    (and then there is the variation of 'z', that is 'zh', in words like treasure, Persian)
    Last edited by 2006; 02-Dec-2008 at 07:18.

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