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Re: Newbie here

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 6, 2001, 0:54
On Mon, 5 Feb 2001, Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Yoon Ha Lee wrote: > > > > > My name is Andreas Johansson (pronounced [andre:as juan:son], front a's > > > please), I'm a 19 years old Swede. I'm studying Natural > > > ><guilty look> I still can't differentiate some subtle vowels > >distinctions, but thank goodness for email. > > If the a's are like the first part of the diphthong in English "eye" it's > right. If they sound like a short version of the a in "father" I'll be > slightly unhappy. But no worries - the worst thing that can happen is that > your a's get across as /o/'s to my Swedish ears!
<wry g> Heh--you should see some of the mangle-ations they do to my sister's "middle" name, Kyung. (Commonest mistake is to use /k_h/ or /g/ instead of /k/.)
> >/m/ doesn't do any sort of complementary distribution thing? Just > >wondering. > > I'm not entirely sure what you mean. The /m/ PHONEME can only occure > initially. The SOUND [m] also occures medially as an allophone of the /n/ > morpheme when before /b/ or /p/. /m/ and /n/ can contrast initially, eg > _mek_ "yellow" and _nek_ "spaceport".
Interesting. :-) Yes, it does. YHL