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E and e (was: A break in the evils of English (or, Sturnan is beautiful))

From:Y.Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Friday, April 26, 2002, 10:52
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From: Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2002 10:38 PM

> > But the problem is that nobody uses it that way, so there must be a
reason. In
> > my opinion, [e] is more "simple" than [E]. > > Well, /e/ is tense and thus requires more articulation than the lax > /E/. Languages who have both sounds will usually place /e/ in the > stressed or long syllables, while it slackens into /E/ in less > important places.
I don't quite understand what you both mean under the terms "tense" and "lax" (they seem rather Eurocentric), but as I mentioned before, in Ukrainian the situation is vice versa: you get [E] in stressed syllables, and [e] in unsterssed.
> And then, of course, there's English. It has /E/ as a phoneme, but > /e/ only in the diphthong /eI/.
Which is pronounced [EI] or even [Ey] in some dialects...
> -- Christian Thalmann
Cheers, Yitzik ~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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