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I remember I have met a word which means people cannot distinguish "th" from "s" when they speak but now I can't recollect it. So I need some help here. Does anyone know that word? P.S. It is a single word~

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  • This isn't exactly what you asked but may help. ://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th-fronting – WS2 Apr 6 '14 at 8:33
  • Is lisp the word you are seeking? – Brian Hooper Apr 6 '14 at 10:42
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    I think the words ceceo and seseo reflect the difference in pronunciation of c and z in Spanish. A lisp is an inability to say a particular phoneme, but is not specific to his distinction and has nothing to do with ones perception of these two phoneme. – Mike Apr 6 '14 at 13:13
  • Correction: Lisp is specific to the pronunciation of sibilants, but not to one's perception of the different sounds. – Mike Apr 6 '14 at 13:24
  • The word "lisp" means :pronounce "s" sounds as "th".I guess that's the word I am looking for. But is there a word that means:to pronounce "th" sounds as "s" or "f",just as the local people in HongKong do? – Pre7u Apr 27 '14 at 6:30
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Specifically, the sigmatism is lisping

parasigmatism noun also para·sigmatismus \|parə+\ Etymology: para- (I) + sigmatism or sigmatismus : inability to pronounce the sound of s with some other sound (as of f) being usually substituted for it

SIGMATISM, FRONTAL. A form of parasigmatism* character- ized by substitution of surd th for s, and sonant th for z. -A dictionary of terms dealing with disorders of ... . American Speech and Hearing Association

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  • The word "lisp" means :pronounce "s" sounds as "th".I guess that's the word I am looking for. But is there a word that means:to pronounce "th" sounds as "s" or "f",just as the local people in HongKong do? – Pre7u Apr 27 '14 at 6:31
  • Paralalia: "Any speech defect; especially one in which one letter is habitually substituted for another." Parathetacism "par-ah-tha'-tah-sizm). A form of parala- lia* characterized by inability to pronounce surd or sonant th, or the substitution of other consonants, such as t or d, for th." – Third News Apr 27 '14 at 8:39

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