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Re: [YAEPT] Question about consonants in English

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Saturday, December 15, 2007, 8:27
Geijss (quoting Jeff Jones):
> I'm afraid that definitely doesn't work for me. [bE:t] sounds like > an emphasized > version of "bet", while [bEd] is "bed" (and in fact I don't seem to > lengthen the > [E] very much; part of the extra length goes to the [d], despite > the fact that > the [d] is fully voiced). >
It is the same for me, really. Lengthening a vowel is having a similar use as italics have in text, noting this is important (though, used a bit more often). >> It's worth noting that linguists pretty universally disagree. One of the major characteristics of American English, at least, is long vowels before voiced codas. Additionally, it's voiceless stop codas that are held longer than voiced stop codas. That might not be what one perceives, but it does seem to be the case when things are measured and analyzed. (Though, of course, there isn't one "American" dialect; results may differ.) -David ******************************************************************* "sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze." "No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn." -Jim Morrison