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Re: more English orthography

From:Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 3:54
> >In my dialect, "bought" is distinct from "bot". Actually, I should say >that >"caught" [kQt] is distinct from "cot" [kAt], since I really don't know the >correct pronunciation of "bot" (I've assumed that it rhymes with "cot". I >suppose you'd have to ask an entomologist.)
In mine, Bought and bot are pronounced the same way.
> > > >Even with the same sounds, there are differences between dialects. Some >American dialects distinguish words that I don't (merry, marry, Mary), and >others make fewer distinctions (pin = pen).
In my dialect, merry, marry, and Mary are all pronounced the same. I make a distinction between pin and pen, but a friend from Fresno in eastern California says both the same way. ________________________________________________ The rattan basket criticizes the palm leaf basket, still both are full of holes.