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‘Th’ sound to vanish from English language by 2066 because of multiculturalism, say linguists

Increased multiculturalism will see the ‘th’ sound vanish because it is difficult for foreigners to pronounce

by Sarah Knapton, Science Editor

Visitors expecting to hear the Queen’s English spoken on the streets of London in 50 years may need to “fink” again.


By 2066, linguists are predicting that the “th” sound will vanish completely in the capital because there are so many foreigners who struggle to pronounce interdental consonants – the term for a sound created by pushing the tongue against the upper teeth.

Further reading here in The Telegraph, 29 September 2016.

on 03.06.2017 at 23:49

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