Re: USAGE: Thorn vs Eth
|From:||Barbara Barrett <barbarabarrett@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, July 9, 2002, 22:55|
> Steg Studied;
> You actually pronounce "width" /wIdD/?
Yep, never drop Ls, Hs, or yods, never skip Ts, insert "r"s, or replace
"ng" with syllabic N either; distinguish between both broad and short
"o"s and "ah"s: I could go on, but sufice it to say me mum was an
elocution teacher, (in my voice Merry, Mary, and Marry, are very
different sounds) and Canada, Georgia USA, Northern Ireland, and
Southern England have all intruded in my accent.
> Actually, in elementary school i got in trouble with my teacher during a
> homophone/homonym project for pointing out that "our" can be homophonous
> with both "hour" and "are", depending on whether you're pronouncing it
> [&wr=] or [ar]. I generally use the [ar] version, myself.
Depends upon who's listening too. Some english can not distinguish
"gnat" and "not" when said in a middle american accent. I remember
introducing an english chum to the TV show Highlander and she was
convinced the actor doing the intro was saying "...Born 400 years ago in
BTW which transcription system are you guys using? "&wr" makes no sense
to me :-(