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Re: NATLANGS: Difthongization across Europa

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Monday, February 18, 2008, 20:25
I wonder if the pre-GVS change of &: A: > E: O: in English went
thru this stage too, seeing that they're spelled <ea oa>?

The former is happening/happens in my English before nasals:

bag = [b&:g]
bad = [b&:d]
ban = [bean]

I've noticed a similar thing with the back vowels, but haven't
subjected them to experimentation the way I did with the front

bog = [bA:g]
bod = [bA:d]
bomb = [bO@m]

For an example of the front vowels, at least, listen to any song
by Snoop Dogg where he says "damn" (comes out sounding
like "day-am").  I'm not aware of it having been reported for
English outside of southern California, but no one seems to be

"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison


Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
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