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

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

2016-12-07-15_22_11-th-sound-to-vanish-from-english-language-by-2066-because-of-multiculturalismTELEGRAPH (UK) – 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.

Already Estuary English – a hybrid of Cockney and received pronunciation (RP) which is prevalent in the South East – is being replaced by Multicultural London English (MLE) which is heavily influenced by Caribbean, West African and Asian Communities.

But within the next few decades immigration will have fundamentally altered the language, according to experts at the University of York.

The “th” sound – also called the voiced dental nonsibliant fricative – is likely to change to be replaced an “f”, “d”, or “v” meaning “mother” will be pronounced “muvver” and “thick” will be voiced as “fick”.

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