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Re: USAGE: English, Masculine, Feminine

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 8:35
Staving Paul Bennet:
>On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 00:42:55 +0100, Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...> >wrote: > >>In British English (at least in my fairly-RP version) these three are all >>distinct: >>Mary = /me:rij/ "short" e >Yes, that's /e:/ in CXS. > >>Marry = /m&rij/ >Are you sure it's /&/? /&/ is a sound midway between /a/ and /E/, and is >actually quite rare in British English -- so much so that I mentally >assign the attribute "foreigner" whenever I hear it. There are several >non-IPA systems in which the symbol {ae-ligature} is used for the sound >that is /a/ in CXS and the symbol {a} is used for the sound that is /A/ in >CXS (or the sound that is between /a/ and /A/ in CXS), among them the >system used for Old English (IIRC).
It's not rare at all, especially in northern dialects. [D@ k&t s&t On D@ m&t] Pete


Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>