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Re: OT: pronunciation question

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Thursday, May 25, 2006, 15:45
The question was raised [rejzd]:
> "Do you guys, gals, etc., differentiate [Ej] and [e]?" >
Standard Midwestern Am.Engl., i.e. me: [e] -- the pure vowel, without [j] offglide-- just possibly in unstressed position, as "concentrate, rebate"; even possibly when stressed before a final voiceless stop-- "debate, bake, tape". Only a spectrogram would definitively prove either one. Otherwise it very clearly has an off-glide. The corresponding mid back vowel _seems_ to behave the same-- possibly pure [o] in unstressed and /__vl.stop#, diphthong [ow] otherwise, but I'd need instrumental proof of that too. [Ej] does not occur at all. Nor have I ever seen it mentioned in any analysis of S(M)AE. But individuals may vary