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Re: more English orthography

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Thursday, May 18, 2000, 5:08
Re my (probably) affected pronunciation of "water"and "rather", John Cowan
>It sounds like you are using /A/ to describe a *rounded* back vowel, which >is properly /Q/. /A/ is the unrounded back vowel; /a/ is the unrounded >central vowel.
Quite likely in the case of "water", due to the /w/(?), and formerly VERY likely as I tried to kill that nasal midwestern [a:] which was parodied as [æ:~] :-((. "Rather", however, has always rhymed with "father", as near as I could get to RP as heard in assorted British flicks...... At a class reunion a couple years ago (my first since graduation a LONG time ago), I was astonished to find that some of my former tormentors had become quite decent human beings.