Datapoint Michif/z - voiced dental/alveolar sibilant fricative

In words of French origin, the phoneme is found word-initially (zaanfaan 'child'), word-medially (groozel 'gooseberry') and word-finally (freez 'strawberry').
However, all words with initial /z/ have equivalents starting with other consonants, most frequently n- or t-. These phonemes are derived from the French liaison consonants (enfant 'child, Mo-n-enfant 'my child', peti-t-enfant 'little child', me-s-enfants 'my children').
In words of Cree origin, the phoneme /z/ does not exist in Michif.


Exists (as a major allophone)

Example 75-312: