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Re: YAEPT: How you pronunce foreign place names

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Friday, February 2, 2007, 14:36
On 2/1/07, Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...> wrote:
> But if the vowel in <beak> et al. is /i:/, > then is not /i/ the vowel in "click" et al?
I'd say that "weak" has vowel /i:/ and "wick" has vowel /I/. Overspecifying, really, since you only need to distinguish quantity _or_ quality in this phoneme pair (/i:/ vs /i/ or /i/ vs /I/ would both be adequate), but I still like to put the length mark in my phonemic analyses of English "long" vowels. In the end, though, it's a matter of convention how you notate English phonemes. (PTD would probably insist on /iy/ vs /i/. as the only permissible way.) Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>