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Re: another newbie

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, November 25, 2002, 1:47
En réponse à David Barrow <davidab@...>:

> > I went to your website. When I clicked on the languages it said under > construction >
Only for two of them. Reman, Moten and Azak *are* up in this webpage :) .
> > Sure you are not confusing British and American pronunciations. I hear > similarity > between English /Q/ and Spanish /o/ and I speak both languages quite > fluently.
Of course, since both are back and rounded. It doesn't change that there is as much distance between [o] and [O] as between [O] and [Q]. Also, if you take the actual pronunciation of the IPA symbols, then I'm definitely right. [Q] *is* the symbol for a low back rounded vowel (a rounded back /a/ then). If the notation was phonemic only, then we cannot know what the ones using it meant. I
> have lived here in Peru since I was 5 You say your dialect no longer > has the > distinction /a/ and /A/ which is the American pronunciation >
I'm French. I was talking about the fact that most French dialects lost /A/ which was replaced everywhere by /a/.
> > And merged to which of the two? or did a new vowel emerge? >
No, [a] stayed and [A] completely disappeared and was replaced by [a].
> > but southern English red and American raid are not homophones surely >
No, but the difference IMHO is mainly a difference of vowel length, not of actual value of the vowel. Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.