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Re: SoCal vowels (was Re: sending mail to the list)

From:J Matthew Pearson <pearson@...>
Date:Thursday, May 3, 2001, 18:39
SuomenkieliMaa wrote:

> > Sorry, I should have been more explicit. This test > > is intended > > *only* for speakers of American English who claim to > > produce a > > contrast between the vowels in "put" and "book". > > This test, I > > suspect, will not apply to the majority of English > > speakers > > (myself included). > > Hi Matt, > ...I am American...and from my Midwest-accented > American English, 'put' and 'book' would both hold the > same "U" sound.
I was trying to determine the distribution of the two "U" sounds, for those who *do* make a difference (David Peterson, Marcus Smith, and a couple others). You do not make a difference, and neither do I, and neither do most of the people on this list, I suspect. So the test does not apply to us. Our judgements are irrelevant.
> I do not agree about the word "soot" > though.
What do you mean, "do not agree"? Matt.


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