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Re: Phonetics vs. Phonemics (was: apparently bizarre 'A's)

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Saturday, February 25, 2006, 17:06
Mark J. Reed wrote:
> On 2/25/06, R A Brown <ray@...> wrote: > >>BTW, I would level -our, -or, -er and -re, as well as -ar, all to just >>-r myself ;) > > > That would be the same -ar that y'all pronounce as /a:/? Seems confusing. :)
No, no - I'm talking about unstressed word _final_ only. I pronounce them all as [@], and my west-country & rural Midlands fellow countrymen say [@`], and presumably Murkans will have [r\=] or some similar sound. Where |ar| is pronounced [A:], [A`] or whatever, I would of course happily write 'ar'.
> >>But your scheme is doomed to failure on both sides of the Pond with all >>those 'furrin' diacritics! > > > Yeah, diacritics are a no-no. But what got me was the odd choice of > digraph in the basic Roman version of ʒ - cg? gj?
Yes - 'cg' denoted a sound similar to [dZ] in Old English IIRC and 'gj' would suggest something similar to me also. But I'd better stop, otherwise this'll turn inti yet another English spelling reform thread ;) -- Ray ================================== ================================== MAKE POVERTY HISTORY


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