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Re: more English orthography

From:Marcus Smith <smithma@...>
Date:Monday, May 22, 2000, 6:26
Nik Tailor wrote:

>Well, would you at least agree that [S] and [s] are *on the surface* >seperate phonemes, but *underlyingly* (I just love that construction) >are the same phoneme?
Different use of phoneme from what I'm used to, but sure. I can see your point there.
>The bit about using [I] and [E] in foreign words is interesting. I'd >never heard about that. Do you know if that's common?
I've never heard it reported by anybody else, and I've only done that kind of work with one person, so I really don't know. I haven't noticed it in any other speakers, but I usually don't pay that close attention: I'm too busy trying to figure out what the words mean to worry about subtle pronunciation differences. Marcus