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Re: OT: sorta OT: cases, please help...

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Saturday, December 8, 2001, 19:10
From: "Tristan Alexander McLeay" <anstouh@...>
> > > What word has VVV? > > > > queue /kjuw/. (Some may have [kju:], but it's not /kju/ in the same > > sense that, say, you'd pronounce <quiu> in Spanish) > > Aren't /j/ and /w/ consonants?
Well, they're semivowels. And in this case, it's probably better to analyze them as part of the vowel rather than independent consonants -- /(j)uw/ is, I think, systematically a single English vowel ('at we call "long u"). In a word like "you" it might be different, I suppose.