Disappearing sounds


There’s been talk here and there about the interdental ‘th’ (or rather, /ð/ and /θ/) due to disappear in about 40 years. I can’t be sure of the academic veracity of this (plus, it all looks a bit too entertaining and at the same time rather political). Still, what a great conversation starter with students! And, if the conversation continues, I would send them to this great article about interesting facts in the history of English pronunciation and spelling: it’s a bit more academic, but a real treat for curious learners and a good refresher for teachers like me who last did Pronunciation and History of English, ahem, more than twenty years ago 🙂 Did you know, for example, that wasp used to be waps and then a bit of metathesis happened? So cool.

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