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Re: YAEPT: Australian Milo

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Saturday, July 1, 2006, 7:00
On 6/30/06, Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...> wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Jun 2006 16:14:35 -0400, Mark Reed <markjreed@...> wrote: > > > This is still YAEPT, but not about Aussies or Clouseau. On a BBC > > comedy I heard someone say a certain offensive word for female > > genitalia, one vowel removed from "twit". I find it funny that they > > didn't bleep it out, actually, since they did bleep other similar > > words. In any case, the actor pronounced it with an /&/, which I find > > amusing. Is that the normal pronunciation over there? > > That's the usual pronunciation, but the vowel can also be /Q/
Strange; I thought it would be /Q/ only (which is my vowel in "what", for example, which presumably influenced my expectation -- something like "/w/ + |a| + stop in closed syllable makes the |a| into /Q/" or the like). But then, I don't think I've ever heard the word spoken, so this is a spelling pronunciation. I also use /Q/ in "wattle (and daub)" and "WATCOM" and "Wapping"; again, though I don't know whether that's correct or not, since I don't think I've heard either word pronounced. Strangely, though, I have /&/ in "whack" and "wacky" and "WAP", so the rule is apparently not as simple as "/w/ + |a| + stop" -- if there is, indeed, a rule at all. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Tristan Alexander McLeay <conlang@...>