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Re: more English orthography

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Friday, May 19, 2000, 14:50

> I had no intention of dismissing your experience. It's just that, for me, > when I hear /mejri/, I begin to start anticipating expressions like "stand > on line"
Got that one.
> and "Could we let's go already?", and the word "ruin" almost > pronounced /ryn/.
Nope: /'Ru-In/, two syllables.
> Perhaps "New York" paints it with too large a brush. > Brooklyn? If I understand you correctly, the (/oi/ -> /@/, e.g.) (and isn't > it vice versa, too?) thing sounds like Archie Bunker, and didn't the Bunkers > live in Queens?
Actually, the oi/er "interchange" is more determined by class than locality. What really happens is that both /Oj/ and /@r/ are realized as [Vj]. Since this sound is quite different from the usual realizations, it tends to be heard by others as /@r/ in "noisy oyster" and /Oj/ in "thirty-third". -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)