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From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Monday, April 12, 1999, 22:55
On Mon, 12 Apr 1999 13:31:27 -0500 Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
>> If the originals were "been" and "bin", then they aren't, generally, >> homophones here in Md. Mostly, the one sounds like /bEn/ the other >>/bIn/. >> I think I've got that right.
>Which is why Nik originally said that they're homophones in Southern >American English, because /E/ just doesn't exist before nasals, except >as an allophonic variant of /&/. (Pronouncing a full /&/ before >nasals >sounds positively foreign to me! :) ) > >======================================================= >Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
In the NYC / Long Island area /&/ before nasals and /s/ (grass, can, ran, Sam, bass, damn, fast; but it seems not before /N/) becomes the diphthong [e@]. It also happens in other words, such as "bad" and "stab". -Stephen (Steg) "God punishes - humans take revenge." ___________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]