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Why can recognize be pronounced without /g/? On silent letters and French origin in English - and what other explanations there can be.

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Daniel Huber

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Investigating the phonological patterns, especially the stress patterns, of verbs ending in -ize such as finalize, constitutionalize, etc, the word recognize has attracted my attention. The most wide-spread pronunciation of recognize, with initial stress, is generally unproblematic in the literature: it is a case of non-transparent derivation by -ize with antepenultimate stressing. But other variant pronunciations, recorded in pronunciation distionaries, are phonologically particularly interesting and explaining their existence reveals a lot about the phonology of English.
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hal-00985196 , version 1 (29-04-2014)

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Daniel Huber. Why can recognize be pronounced without /g/? On silent letters and French origin in English - and what other explanations there can be.. English Today, 2013, 29 ((2)), pp. 22-26. ⟨hal-00985196⟩
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