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Re: CHAT: [O]

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Friday, November 3, 2000, 23:00
On Sat, 4 Nov 2000 09:41:01 +1100 Tristan McLeay <s993195@...>
> >Okay, I was watching the FOX affiliate in Longview, Texas, and a > woman > >who was clearly speaking for the most part Texas English was on -- > but > >instead of saying [fAks], she said [fOks]. Not even [fQks]. She > used a > >real mid-open back rounded vowel. > > >It was as though she was vacillating between Australian English and > Texas > >English. > > By [O], you do mean the sound in (RP & Aussie) 'shaw/shore', don't > you > (backwards-c)? And is [Q] the sound in (RP & Aussie) 'hot' > (backwards-script > a)? I can honestly say I've never heared any Aussie say anything > that > sounded like [fOks]. Possibly something British..?
[O] is the SAMPA and Kirschenbaum for IPA reversed c. [Q] is SAMPA for the low (not mid-open) back rounded vowel (but IPA gamma in Kirsch.). After hearing it again, however, the vowel sound was closer to [Q]. And she definitely sounded Texan (pronouncing "five" something like [fa:v]), but the rounding of her short o's could be Canadian or Scottish or something. (You're right, I had Australian and British mixed up.) I have heard that from other Americans though; maybe it's a regionalism... DaW.