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Query:   Summary: English /(s)tr/ clusters
Author:  shelly harrison
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Phonetics
Phonology
Sociolinguistics

Summary:   ON FEBRUARY 4 I POSTED THE FOLLOWING QUERY TO LINGUIST:

PALATALISATION IN /(S)TR/ CLUSTERS

ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I NOTICED WHEN I LIVED IN HAWAII IN THE EARLY
SEVENTIES WAS THE STRONG PALATALISATION OF /(S)TR/ CLUSTERS
E.G. STREET = [SHCHREET], TREE = [CHREE]. I'VE RECENTLY OBSERVED A
SIMILAR PHENOMENON IN SOME THIRTY-SOMETHING SPEAKERS FROM THE
NORTHEAST OF THE US, AT LEAST IN THE /STR/ CLUSTERS. HOW WIDESPREAD
IS THIS?

SINCE THE INITIAL FLOOD OF RESPONSES (I RECEIVED NINETEEN IN TOTAL) HAS NOW
DWINDLED TO A TRICKLE, THE TIME HAS PERHAPS COME TO POST A SUMMARY.

THE REPLIES HIGHLIGHTED THREE ISSUES REGARDING THE PHENOMENON IN QUESTION:

1. ITS PHONETIC/PHONOLOGICAL RANGE
2. ITS PHONETIC NATURE AND/OR MOTIVATION
3. ITS GEOGRAPHIC AND SOCIOLINGUISTIC DISTRIBUTION

MOST OF THE RESPONSES INVOLVED /TR/ CLUSTERS IN WORDS LIKE 'TRAIN' AND
'TREE'. MANY OF THOSE RESPONSES REFERRED TO:
READ, CHARLES [1971]

LL Issue: 10.217
Date Posted: 10-Feb-1999
Original Query: Read original query