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YAEPT: "year" (sorry!) (was Re: Why "y" ain't arbitrary (was: I...

From:Doug Dee <amateurlinguist@...>
Date:Monday, February 7, 2005, 1:26
In a message dated 2/6/2005 7:46:11 PM Eastern Standard Time,
fiziwig@YAHOO.COM writes:
>I don't even begin to understand why 'y' would be >classed as anything but a vowel.
Which do you say: "a year" or "an year"? "a ear" or "an ear"? If, like every English-speaker I've ever met, you say "a year", not "an year", then that is evidence that in your phonological system the "y" sound at the start of "year" is a consonant. (Because the general rule is "an" before vowels and "a" before consonants.) (If you say "a ear", then I suppose your 'lect works differently, and I'd ask whether you have "an" at all.") Doug


Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>