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Re: more English orthography

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 4:52
Barry Garcia wrote:
>Yes, we Californians fo not make a distinction between the two. >Speaking of California idiolect differences, i had a guy in my spanish >class who had a "surfer" accent. I cant write how he would say his words >in IPA (i'm not sure), but whenever he would say a vowel it would be >rounded off, and drawn out a bit (best I can describe it). He'd do this >with Spanish words and it would sound so funny. >
Hah! Don't know that I've ever heard such an accent, but I can imagine..... is it perhaps the masculine equivalent of "Valley Girl"-ese?? Along the same line: my grad. level into German course had an Australian who simply couldn't produce a proper [e:], so that _leben_ came out as if _*leiben_ . The hapless instructor was frustrated, the rest of us suppressed laughter.