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Totally actually YAEPT: Merry, marry, mary.

From:Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 22, 2003, 13:57
On Tue, 22 Jul 2003, Joe wrote:

> > On Sat, Jul 19, 2003 at 12:58:25PM -0400, Doug Dee wrote: > > > How does M-W reflect the 3-way merry/marry/Mary distinction? > > > > For "merry", only one pronunciation is listed: /'mEri/. > > For "marry", two are given: /'m{ri/ and /'mEri/ > > For "Mary", three: /'mEri/, /'m{ri/, and /'mejri/. > > For me: [mEri], [m{ri] and [mE:ri]. Vowel length of [E] is phonemic. For > instance, I would here [E] as 'eh'(though in my dialect, that's closer to > [e]), not 'air'[E:].
Oo, oo, I have a good one: [mer\i] [m&r\i] [me:r\i] [m&:r\i] Maori. Though it can be [m&:u\r\i] as well, which isn't quite as interesting :) -- Tristan <kesuari@...> Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement. -- Snoopy