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Re: OT: pronunciation question

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Thursday, May 25, 2006, 8:19
On 5/25/06, Joe <joe@...> wrote:
> veritosproject@GMAIL.COM wrote: > > > Do you guys, gals, etc., differentiate [Ej] and [e]? > > [e] isn't part of my dialect. If someone used [e], I'd probably hear it > as [Ej] or [E], depending on context.
Same here. For example, I've heard Scots whose English had monophthongs for some of my diphthongs; in particular, IIRC they had [o:] for GOAT, [u:] for GOOSE, and [e:] for FACE. So her [e:] is my [Ej], one and the same phoneme. In (my also native) German, they're separate, since it has an /e/ phoneme (which is [e:] in native words but can also be [e:\] in loanwords), and knows [Ej] from loanwords. (However, [Ej] tends to become [e:], e.g. |Baby| is [bEjbi:\] for some but [be:bi] for others.) Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>