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Re: USAGE: Thorn vs Eth

From:Tristan McLeay <kesuari@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 9, 2002, 13:43
On Tue, 2002-07-09 at 23:24, Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> En réponse à "Tony HydraulicOrganismGeneratedforAccurateRepair,Destruction" > <james.hogard@...>: > > > > > I've got <ether> /T/ vs. <either> /D/, but that's the only pair > > that comes to mind. For me, the two are always distinguished. > > > > Works only for people who pronounce |either| [iD@(r\)]. I was taught (And hear > most often) [aID@(r\)].
I hear them about equally. I say /AeD@/. As an aside, 'ether' always looked like it should be spelt /eD@/ to me. /i:T@/ should been spelt <aether> or <oether> or something. Something out the front to suggest length. (Notice, BTW, how the short /e/ wants to be followed by a voiced /D/. Would that help the rule at all?) Tristan.