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Re: Pre-Kindergarten diphthong analysis

From:Krista Casada <kcasada@...>
Date:Thursday, September 18, 2008, 14:11
In kindergarten I was deeply offended to find that my teacher considered the
vowel sound in "can" to be different from that in "pet"; they weren't for ME!
So I have the utmost sympathy for your son's skepticism.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...>
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008 8:39 am
Subject: [CHAT] Pre-Kindergarten diphthong analysis

> For school today my 4-year-old had to bring in a picture of something > starting with the letter O. Having learned that "O says [a]" ([a] > being the sound of CLOTH in our 'lect), he immediately thought of > "octopus". But that seems to be the standard O word in alphabet books > these days, so my wife thought that too many kids were liable to bring > one of those in. So we set about thinking of other things that start > with O. > > I suggested "owl", but he sounded it out and informed me that "owl" > starts with [&] and therefore would be spelled with the letter > "A"! I > had to agree that [&] is indeed the first component of our MOUTH > diphthong, but I pointed out that we have had discussions before about > how spelling doesn't always work the way you think it should. He > remained skeptical. > > We compromised on "orange". He was still iffy - we're in the > [O`r\.@ndZ] camp rather than, say, the [a.r\@ndZ] camp, and NORTH is > not CLOTH, but it was closer than that crazy "owl" idea. > > I did try to think of other words besides "octopus" that are spelled > with O and start with the CLOTH sound, but of course under the > pressure of trying to get ready to go to school, couldn't think of > any. Naturally, after I dropped him off I had ocelots and oxen > chasing ostriches and otters through my head... > > Anyway, I'm proud of my boy's phonetic analysis, if not his spelling > ability. I'll make a linguist of him yet. :) > > -- > Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...> >


Carl Banks <conlang@...>