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Re: more English orthography

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 6:48
Marcus Smith wrote:

> That basic point still stands, that I don't see how we could find an > underlying > pronunciation for the schwa in "comma." It may be best to consider it a > phoneme. I just don't know how to test that.
In such a situation, I'd just do another "wug" test as you did before: come up with a derivational morpheme, say, <t-ic> to get <commatic>*. Now, how would most people pronounce it? My native intuition says [k_h@m&rIk], where [r] is a voiced tap. *(I know that sounds weird, but is it weird because the morphology is wrong, or weird because we never talk about the "comma"(+adj) nature of things?) =========================================== Tom Wier <artabanos@...> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ===========================================