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Re: What do you call it

From:Aidan Grey <grey@...>
Date:Thursday, February 27, 2003, 4:35
At 09:43 PM 2/26/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>Sarah Marie Parker-Allen scripsit: > > > When a single word has two alternate pronunciations, amongst the same > > population (that is, each and every person would say it either way, > freely), > >You call it "free variation". In my pronunciation, though, /Di/ and /D@/ >aren't in free variation: the first is used before vowels, the second >before consonants. The rule is just like that for "an" vs. "a", but >not expressed in writing.
Well, I use /D@/ before vowels, and /Di/ before consonants all the time. The difference for me has nothing to do with phonetic issues - it's about markedness. I usually use /Di/ if the thing I'm talking about is particularly marked or important: "So, I saw /D@/ movie you were talking about." "Really? Not /Di/ movie?! Wasn't it great?" Besides that stressed /Di/, I can't think of when I used /Di/ last. It's always /D@/ (well, sometimes /D/ with a hypershort schwa, but still...). Aidan