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E and e (was: A break in the evils of English (or,Sturnan is beautiful))

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 1, 2002, 1:14
Tristan wrote:
> Why? Aren't phonemic representations related to how the people hear the > sound? In which case, using /ei/ ~ /E/ is perfectly normal and to be > expected
Except that the /i/ part is unnecessary, as no dialect that I know of contrasts [e] and [ei]/[ej], they have one or the other, so /e/ is all you need, and when you make a narrower phonetic transcription, you just need to know if [j] follows /e/ in the dialect.
> I must say, I especially hate anything that doesn't show the length > difference between /i:/ and /I/
In a narrow phonetic difference, sure you would mark the difference, but a phonemic transcription is not supposed to show predictable features, like the length of /i/ or the offglide of /e/. -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42