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LINGUIST List 20.3218

Wed Sep 23 2009

Qs: Strong Form of Definite Article 'The' in English

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        1.    Petr Roesel, Strong Form of Definite Article 'The' in English

Message 1: Strong Form of Definite Article 'The' in English
Date: 18-Sep-2009
From: Petr Roesel <roeseluni-mainz.de>
Subject: Strong Form of Definite Article 'The' in English
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Dear all,

My query was stimulated by the following dialogue between Hugh Laurie (HL)
and Stephen Fry (SF) (they both speak General British English):
HL: [...] It's nothing more than a disgusting rumour put about by trendy
young people in the sixties.
SF: Trendy young people in their sixties?
HL: _The_ sixties. In _the_sixties. That's when it all started. [...]
HL stressed the two instances of _the_ and pronounced them /ðə/.
None of the reference books that I consulted so far mention this
pronunciation as a variant.

Do you know of any publication that deals with this phenomenon?

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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