Post by Ruud Harmsen
Are dual and jewel homophones?
Anywhere, somewhere, everywhere?
Somewhere. I expect it from young-ish Londoners, for instance.
The underlying historical onset of <dual> is /dj/.
This has three different outcomes in various varieties of English:
* conserved as /dj/ (conservative British English)
* the /j/ is dropped (American English)
* shifted to /dʒ/, so-called "yod coalescence" (modern British English)
I've noticed that yod coalescence is common among younger British
speakers, and in fact the "English" dictionary at dictionary.cambridge.org
now lists these pronunciations as standard for the UK. This applies
equally to /tj/ > /tʃ/.
Yod coalescence is a recurrent feature in English phonological
history. I think the previous round happened before unstressed
vowels (e.g. <educate>). AmE lost /j/ after alveolars before
stressed vowels. BrE didn't and is now undergoing yod coalescence
Christian "naddy" Weisgerber ***@mips.inka.de