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Re: Hi there & Blitherings

From:Adrian Morgan <morg0072@...>
Date:Thursday, July 11, 2002, 2:59
Roger Mills wrote, quoting myself:

> >The things that most stand out about typical American speech to an > >Australian are, I think: > > > > - it being rhotic; > > - "pot" being unrounded (example); > > - "new" not having a [j] in it (example); > > - "man" being [m{@n] rather than [m{n] (example) > > No argument with the first three; "man" [m{@n] however would be > better transcribed to show that the [@] is merely a glide,
I imagine many Americans would be surprised at how much this feature stands out to foreigners - it really is one of the most striking features :-) In general Americans put more schwa-glides /before/ consonants while Australians, to varying degrees, put more schwa-glides /after/ consonants. That's undoubtably where the "Australian /}/ is /@}/" notion comes from, which isn't true in the sense of being a diphthong, but it does exist as a glide depending on three factors: (a) previous consonant; (b) social dialect; (c) tone (including how relaxed the speaker is). Thus if I'm very relaxed and possibly a little tired in a comfortable lounge chair, I'll use significantly more on-glides than I will, for example, at the kitchen table, especially after consonants like [m]. But even then I won't use the much more prominent on-glides that characterise speakers of certain social dialects in this country. Adrian.