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Re: CHAT of vests & tortoises (was: Spelling pronunciations)

From:Estel Telcontar <estel_telcontar@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 3:28
Ray Brown ha tera a:

> John Cowan wrote: > > Ray Brown scripsit: > > > again /@'gejn/ or /@'gEn/ (so also with _against_) > > > ate /ejt/ or /Et/
> > I have only /@gEn(st)/ and /ejt/. /@gejn(st)/ seems British to me,
> It may well be - and not all Britishers use it, but it is common.
I (Canadian) can say either /@'gejn(st)/ or /@'gEn(st)/, I think, but I'd be more likely to use /E/. Last year I did a linguistics study that used the frame sentence "say X again", and I noticed that at least one of my (Canadian) subjects switched between /ej/ and /E/ in "again". In fact, they realised they were doing so, and actually thought that might be the purpose of the study! (It wasn't. It was about Canadian Raising.) -Estel