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You're still producing the same sound, just with a different tongue placement. I hear the difference, I do, but it's still /ʃ/. If this is for a writing project, something to do with your education (self-edification or formal), or something else you'll have to explain the distinctive tongue placement for the /ʃ/.


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In Middle English it was /u/ — en.wiktionary.org/wiki/comen#Middle_English. The letter o is written there for practical reasons: near m, n, w, v made up of vertical strokes the letter u also made up of vertical strokes is hard to discern, many vertical strokes in a row are ambiguous when hand-written. And, irrespective of its spelling, ME /u/ > ModE /ʌ/, ...


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Your sample is squarely in the range of IPA [ʃ], and not [ʂ], [ɕ] or [ç]. It sounds perfectly normal to me. This is the best place to get standard reference values for IPA letters. If you have samples that are distinct in some way, e.g. one speaker has pronunciation 1 and another has pronunciation 2, you can use IPA diacritics to "nudge" the ...


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Your examples are not about ease of pronunciation. There is a general but mistaken belief that it is "hard" to say forms that deviate from the social norm of a language. "She be" vs "She is" is a case in point. It's just as easy to say "She be" as it is to say "She is". You might not be familiar with dialects ...


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The Spanish use of y vs. e and o vs. u can be classified as an example of sandhi and dissimilation. Sandhi is a pronunciation change caused by contact between words (or morphemes), usually in a way that can be thought of as making the pronunciation "easier" in some way. Dissimilation is a change of two similar sounds to less similar sounds. Your ...


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There is interesting research that the switch from hunter-gatherer to agriculture changed the jaw alignment creating an overbite that made the labio-dental consonants "f" and "v" a common letter in farming cultures. [see Blasi, D. E., Moran, S., Moisik, S. R., Widmer, P., Dediu, D., & Bickel, B. (2019).] Balthasar Bickel associates ...


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