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Re: Spelling pronunciations (was: rhotic miscellany)

From:J. 'Mach' Wust <j_mach_wust@...>
Date:Sunday, November 7, 2004, 14:10
On Sat, 6 Nov 2004 19:56:47 -0500, Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...> wrote:

>On Sat, 06 Nov 2004 19:04:12 +0000, Ray Brown <ray.brown@...> wrote: > >> My dictionary says of the pronunciation /'wEskIt/ > >Really with an /E/? I'd've said /'wes:k1t/ (with an ambisyllabic /s/ -- I >don't know the right symbol for that, but I've seen /p:/ used for the |pp| >in |happy|, so I fugured "why the hell not?") more matches what I'm used >to hearing, when I hear it, which isn't all that often.
Maybe some use it this way, but to me (speaker of a language with long consonants), this seems to be a very confusing notation. The Duden uses a dot below in order to mark ambisyllabic consonants. In that particular case, however, I don't see any reason why the syllable border should fall together with the /s/. Both /e/ and /E/ are used for the representation of the English vowel of |pet, bed|, but the corresponding pronunciations are much closer to each other than the French vowels /e - E/. gry@s: j. 'mach' wust