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lazarius
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 9:31:08 AM

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I guess this is a contraction for what does. But there's nothing about it in The Farlex Grammar Book:

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/Forming-Contractions.htm

Yet there are many examples:

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22what%27s+she+look+like%22&tbm=bks

Do I understand it correctly?

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FounDit
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 9:57:58 AM

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lazarius wrote:


I guess this is a contraction for what does. But there's nothing about it in The Farlex Grammar Book:

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/Forming-Contractions.htm

Yet there are many examples:

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22what%27s+she+look+like%22&tbm=bks

Do I understand it correctly?

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Yes, you do. When we say, "What does" quickly, it sounds like "What's" especially if the next word begins with an "s".

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lazarius
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 10:02:30 AM

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Thank you.

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thar
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 10:11:18 AM

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Yes, in London normal speech it would come out something like

washelutliʔ ?


the 'does' is present, but since it is not needed to indicate a question it can realistically be so unstressed as to almost disappear.
lazarius
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 10:30:08 AM

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thar wrote:
Yes, in London normal speech it would come out something like

washelutliʔ ?

Listen to Shelagh Fogarty now on air:

https://www.lbc.co.uk/national/radio/player/

She speaks quite fast but not anything close to what you write.

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thar
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 10:43:45 AM

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I can't access the clip, but I agree it does vary - personal style and whether you are on the radio and enunciating more clearly are two factors.

But just chatting with your mates, not speaking badly, just naturally, it would naturally come to many people as 'wa-she'. Other people, or the same people at other times, may clearly enunciate "what does she', but the commonest would be the contracted end of that spectrum. The closest you can get to that by writing a contraction is "what's she'.

Anything more contracted than that and you are trancribing speech rather than writing words, and that does not make for a simple reading experience.
lazarius
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 10:51:34 AM

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thar wrote:
I can't access the clip

It is strange. You can try to get to it from their main page:

https://www.lbc.co.uk

thar wrote:
The closest you can get to that by writing a contraction is "what's she'.

Anything more contracted than that and you are trancribing speech rather than writing words, and that does not make for a simple reading experience.

Thank you.

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