Pronounciation of "X" in the beginning (4)

Many thanks for your replies,
Anthony J. Bryant <ajbryant@indiana.edu> wrote
in message news:395EE934.D5837A77@indiana.edu...

> Chotto chigau ja nai desu ka? When I was in Japan, I heard it as
> [kuserukusesu].... that's very different. <G>
>
> In American vernacular (as opposed to academic circles), initial X is
> typically pronounced as /z/.

I believe I pronounce like [kserkses] , but it unfortunately sounds like
[kuserukusesu] to you , for there is no [ks] or any double consonants
in Japanese. The psyche = not [saiki] , but [pusuke] here .
But [kusanpippe] or  [zanthipi], which is better ?  I do not know .

The question I would like to know is the reason why do you , ordinary people,
pronounce the first X as / z / .
As you , Anthony , pointed out , the well educated scholar is different
from the mass.

But frank did point as follows;
>but I grant that it may sometimes become "z" through laziness.
You have that sound and you can pronounce [ks] except in the beginning ,
but you , through laziness or deficiencies of classical education , say [zan-]
or [zer-] .

Still need any comments.
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