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Subject: Re: Arantzazu
Author: Lumia   (Authenticated as Lumia)
Date: October 25, 2008 at 7:10:42 AM
Reply to: Re: Arantzazu by ClaudiaS
The Spanish (and Catalan and Basque) S is an apicoalveolar fricative (with the end of the tongue on the alveols); the English S (and Basque Z) is a laminodental fricative (the sound is produce with the blade of the tongue).

It is one of the erroneous pronunciations that identify most of Spanish speakers when speaking English and viceversa (the other one is the Spanish T and D versus the English T and D).

Because of the influence of some languages in American Spanish, in some of the Spanish dialects in America the S can be pronounced as the English S, but that is not the standard (and original) pronunciation.


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