How acceptable/appropriate is the pronunciation of words such as "Christian" and "fortune"/"fortunate" with a [t] sound as opposed to [ʃ]? I personally prefer the former but I believe that it's not that common. Still, I'd like to hear what others have to say here.
I'm British and we would never use the [ʃ] sound in any of these words, always a /t/. In British English the [ʃ] sounds American or (when spoken by a Brit) lazy.
In British English they are pronounced with a [tʃ] i.e. somewhere in the middle of the two. I would regard just the [t] as being a little too stilted and the [ʃ] as a little too lazy.
/t/ is palatalized to /ʃ/ when it precedes the -ian and -ion suffixes. (Well, "Christian" has like two different pronunciations, depends on speaker), except when preceded by S, where it becomes /tʃ/.
/t/ is palatalized to /tʃ/ when it precedes the -ure suffix (e.g. nature), as well as in fortune and its derivatives.
In several American dialects (though not all) /t/ is often retracted to near /tʃ/ when preceding the R sound. (betrayal, nitrogen, try, train, Tracy, etc.)
protected by Mitch Oct 19 '15 at 13:24
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