Welcome to WRF, alpq.[...] And you know why klutz sounds /s/ and loose too? I'm not able to get a convincing answer for this anywhere...
"Choze"?![...] while choze is a z sound with an oh vowel
I quite agree, Nat, that someone seeing bison for the first time would instinctively go for the 'long' i. But are you suggesting that the intervocal <s>, following a 'long' vowel, is more normally pronounced as /s/ than as /z/? There are a lot where that's true, but there are also plenty where it's not: rising, visor, posing, hosing, rosary, laser, nasal, nosy, reason, Susan, etc, etc ... enough that I wouldn't say the /s/ sound is the norm.[...] the long English vowel (as in guise or prize) is normal for the first syllable as is the /s/. [...]
They don't have a similar context; they entered English at different times, and a jail is very little like the animal my fellow speakers of AE commonly call a buffalo.I don't really know why the word bison is pronounced with /s/ and the word prison is pronounced with /z/ when they both have similar context,
No, not always. What about "mason", or "basin", or "cosigner"?and as far as I know, "s" between vowels is pronounced /z/.