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English |a|

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Saturday, January 15, 2005, 14:29
I have some questions about English "a" sounds.  I don't want to start
YAEPT, but I am interested in synchronic as well as diachronic

First, how did the word |father| (/faDr=/ modulo dialectical
differences; here I'm using /a/ to represent the bottom of the vowel chart,
ignoring differences between [a], [A], [6], etc.) avoid being
Great Vowel Shifted into something like /fejDr=/?

Second, is there any rhyme or reason to the Transatlantic differences
between /&/ and /a/?  For instance, over here we say /tako/ and /m@rak@/
but /b@n&n@/, while in Rightpondia they say /t&ko/ and /m@r&k@/ but



Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>