|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
>> 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
>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".
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