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USAGE: THEORY/USAGE: RE: Not *that* vowel again! (was: Personaladjectives (was:Fruitful typos...)

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Monday, January 24, 2000, 0:20
And Rosta wrote:

> Tom: > > Well, maybe, but even linguists of great reknown often make pronouncements > > about language that are just flat wrong. Chomsky, for example AFAIK still > > insists > > I'm not aware of him having said anything about English phonology for > the last 30 years.
FWIW, my professor mentioned that to me about two years ago.
> > that no English dialects have [i] before velar nasal [N], but this > > is clearly incorrect -- everyone I know, or have ever met, uses will say > > /pleiiN/, not /pleiIN/, for <playing>. > > A strange example of Chomsky's fallibility. I take your word for it that > the people in your vicinity say [pleiiN], but the norm is [pleI(j)IN]. > I say [pleIN] and [pleI@N].
Oh no -- I didn't mean to say that we use the allomorph with [N] all the time; far from it. I was just using that as an example of the phonetic string <-ing>. The same goes for <king> [k_hiN] and <wing> [wiN]. (In fact, in my dialect at least, it is quite impossible for any lax vowel to show up before [N] -- no [I] or [E]). ====================================== Tom Wier <artabanos@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ======================================