>> RG> that is indeed the "official" pronunciation,
>> No, it really isn't!
RG> not even if you ask your fellow innocent russian speakers
RG> "please read for me this word v e r y s l o w l y"
RG> and listen carefully?
No, it isn't.
The [StS] pronunciation has been considered a dialect pronunciation for >50
years now. The "official", standard pronuncation is [S'], and has been
for a long time.
RG> We were certainly taught to pronounce [U+0429] as [StS] (soft [tS] before soft
RG> vowels, of course),
[tS] is _always_ soft in Russian.
>> RG> but I guess it is influenced by orthography.
>> What's the orthography got to do with it??
RG> if the children in schools are taught that [U+0429] is pronounced
RG> as [StS],
Trust me, they aren't.
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