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Re: OT: YAEPT: English low vowels (was briefly: Re: Y/N variants (< OT: English a...

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Thursday, December 13, 2007, 22:25
On Dec 13, 2007 3:16 PM, <MorphemeAddict@...> wrote:

> In a message dated 12/13/2007 2:56:07 AM Central Standard Time, > ray@CAROLANDRAY.PLUS.COM writes: > > > We are aware that American LOT & THOUGHT generally have the same, or > > similar vowel, to our PALM; but we 'hear' that as the American way of > > > > I say LOT and THOUGHT with quite different vowels, but I'm not sure how to > write them.
Right. Not all Americans have the LOT/THOUGHT merger, not even those who have the PALM/LOT merger. This is why there are so dadgum many lexical sets in Wells's list; i'm almost certain that no single dialect distinguishes all of them. It's also why the quote above was qualified with "generally", which means "I know this isn't a universal truth, no need to supply counterexamples." :) -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>


T. A. McLeay <conlang@...>