Monday, 5 September 2016

phonetic puzzle


Find a word ending in <th> in which the digraph is not pronounced as /θ/.

If you need a hint, lemme know!

Update: My apologies! I forgot to add the /ð/. The word must not end in /ð, θ/. 

Update 2: If you've ever owned an elephant, you will be familiar with the word (and you'd better be!).

10 comments:

  1. And probably some Indian names with -th = [t]. Historically 'amaranth'.

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  2. Not ending in [ð] or [θ]? Words spelt -gth at the end.

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    1. Such as? 'Length' and 'strength' have [θ].

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    2. Correct Phillip, I was too hasty. I was really thinking of -ght: ought etc. But that breaks Petr's criteria (-ht not -th). You seem to be on the right track.

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  3. Absinth? Usually this corresponds to [θ], though, otherwise the spelling absinthe is used.

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  4. Bit of a stretch, but one might argue it's (alternatively) pronounced [tθ] in words with -nth.

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  5. Ah, musth. So I was right about an Indian language.

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    1. Yes, Phillip, you were right indeed.

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