This question occurred to me as I was listening to the infamous German song, "Neinundneunzig Luftballons", where Nena pronounced the word "horizon" something along the lines of /hoʀiʦon/.
How did that come to be? That sound doesn't appear to be there in just about any other language that has this word. I couldn't think of any other explanation, other than the fact that in German, the letter Z is pronounced as a /ʦ/.
My question is, did that distinct pronunciation (along with other words from that language, of course) dictate these reading rules, or rather the opposite is correct? And could that be true in other languages as well?
I'm referring of course to long-used words that have been used in the language for centuries, not to any modern words, in which case it would be quite obvious.
Thanks in advance for your answers.