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Re: more English orthography

From:James Campbell <james@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 7:02
Barry Garcia eskrïremä:

> 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.
I remember being shocked by this when I first saw it discussed here some years ago. I would imagine that many British English-speakers would be amazed that such words would all be pronounced the same by anybody. For me, /meri/, /mæri/, /me@ri/; /pIn/, /pen/ - approx RP. Does this polyhomonymity [!] cause problems for such American English-speakers with interpreting IPA? BTW, I think it also well illustrates the minefield that is English orthographic reform, if such is based on pronunciation. English could [almost?] be said to now be a number of languages (some, mutually unintelligible) that have a common written form. In this scenario, it starts to become almost ideographic. But then, these are the random neural firings of a language-lover with no formal training or qualification in linguistics.<g> James ========================================================================= James Campbell Zeugma--Our Life Is Design =========================================================================