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[iD=r] ~ [ajD=r]? (was: Re: French spelling scheme)

From:Robert Hailman <robert@...>
Date:Monday, May 7, 2001, 23:16
Roger Mills wrote:


> English [ajDr=], 50 or so years ago at least, used to be considered Eastern > (New York/Boston)-- as well as cultured, educated. In the rest of the > country (Mid-west especially) it was [iDr=], and [ajDr=] was considered an > affectation. That's less true nowadays, probably because of the generalized > speech we've been hearing on TV for a long time. > > Very few people IME have [iDr=] ~ [ajD=r] in free variation, unlike > "economics", where we might say it with initial /i/ in one sentence, /E/ in > the next......
I have free variation between [iDr=] & [ajD=r], near as I can tell. [ajD=r] is more common, but I do occasionally say [iDr=]. With "economics", I pronounce that consistently with /E/. For the record, I'm in Toronto. (but don't get to thinking my speech is all that common in Toronto, though.) -- Robert