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THEORY: YAEPT/THEORY: nowt Re: Re: [CONLANG] Two questions about Esperanto

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Thursday, July 8, 2004, 23:33
Paul Bennett:
> > Dumb question: how do you pronounce <nowt>? /naUt/? > > I'll (attempt to) head off YAEPT here,
> by suggesting you use the same > diphthong as in 'now', whatever that may be in your own lect. AFAIK, that > should make you understood, should you ever need to use the word.
It will make you understood, but in S and W Yorkshire it will still be incorrect, for there the words _nowt_ and _owt_ contain a phoneme that occurs in no words but these two. (The phonetic realization of the phoneme varies from place to place.) (This is one of my very small collection of examples of unborrowed English phonemes that occur in only one or two words.) --And.