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Queensland // was [i:]=[ij]?

From:Adrian Morgan <morg0072@...>
Date:Thursday, November 2, 2000, 10:45
I wrote, quoting Kristian Jensen:

> (I have local friends who have lived some years in > Queensland, and if I ask about accent differences I might > be able to get some info, if that would interest anyone).
Have done this. Of course, my friends weren't paying attention to accents at the time, but they tell me: * Queensland pronunciation of 'school' etc is like the South Australian one, not like the New South Welsh one. So that settles that. * Queensland /I/ is closer to [a] than elsewhere in the country, which probably means it's [V].
> > For instance, words like "no/know" get rendered as
[no-y]. ..
> I'm quite certain my speech does not contain [o], although > my singing voice does. When I sing, no/know are [no:].
> I speak, they contain a diphthong that begins with a > neutralish vowel (perhaps [rounded-V]?) and ends with
> #3 in my list above. [i.e. the vowel in _moon_]
> > >2. The vowel in good/book/wool/woman is similar to [w] > > > but a little wider.
> > In fact, it seems to me that Australian /U/ is quite > > the opposite of American /U/ -- more closed and more > > rounded. Indeed, its articulation is quite a lot like
[u]. ..
> > Obviously, this makes Australian /U/ much closer to /w/ > > than Australian /u/.
I think I'm with you. Of course, Australian is closer to British than American, and when I picture the British /u/ in my head it's just like the Australian AFAICT, i.e. not at all [w]. Phonetic symbols might be useful.