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Re: YEAPT: f/T (was Re: Other Vulgar Latins?)

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 11:28
Quoting "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...>:

> > >> infuse enthuse > > > > > > Ditto. [I] vs. [E]. > > > > I have, and quite often hear initial /I/ in both cases. Indeed, it's a > > fairly general case IME that a lot of |in-| and |en-| words are found with > > initial /In/. See also the frequent need to remind people of the > > difference between |ensure| and |insure|. > > Yup. I have a very lax, almost schwalike, [I] for both of those - > except in careful speech, when "enthuse" gets a clear [E].
In the RPoidal English they taught us in school, we were told to pronounce alot of |e|'s as [I]; canonical example "ickonomy". Being a lazy sort, I've gone pack to pronouncing [E] and [I] based on spelling (thus "eckonomy" and differentiating 'tween "ensure" and "insure"). My English dictionary gave both pronunciations for 'economy', but it has since fallen to pieces. :( Andreas