sixtus_vi (sixtus_vi) wrote in linguaphiles,

w/we and z/ze in Polish

Another Polish phonology question that's been driving me nuts...

The Polish prepositions w and z change to we and ze in front of certain consonant clusters, but I have never been able to nail down a rule as to when exactly this happens. My Polish teacher usually responds, "Well, it just depends on the speaker. Some people say we Francji and some people say w Francji." But I have a hard time believing that. And I'm continually being surprised by permissible and impermissible consonant clusters: ze Stanów, when z Stanów seems perfectly easy to me, and yet w kształcie, which I think is completely impossible to pronounce.

So - anyone out there who knows what the rule is? or whether there's a rule?

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