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Re: USAGE: YAEPT (was Re: Ba'l-a-i-bal-an)

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 17:51
On 5/23/06, Philip Newton <philip.newton@...> wrote:
> On 5/21/06, John Vertical <johnvertical@...> wrote: > [> Jim Henry wrote:] > > >* worlang /w@`leIN/ [ < "wor(ship) lang(uage)"] > > > > OK, I'll bite. Why the /eI/? > > I suspect this is actually /&/ phonemically, but [eI] phonetically for > Jim Henry.
Yes; "lang", "hang", "sang" etc. have /eIN/ or perhaps /ejN/ in my 'lect. The @` is supposed to be a rhotic schwa, though I may have gotten the CXS notation wrong.
> Nasals, especially the velar nasal, tend to change the quality of > vowels -- for example, the vowel sound in |sing| is, to me, about > half-way between that in |sin| and that in |seen|. (And trying to > pronounce |sing| with the vowel in |sin| makes it sound more like > */s@N/ than /sIN/!)
In my lect the difference in the vowels of "sing" and "seen" is, I think, both length and diphthongization -- the latter long and maybe slightly diphthongized, though not as much as the /sij/ in "see" The most noticable mutation of a vowel caused by a following nasal in my lect happens with /&/ (NOT in "language" etc, though). I think it's a triphthong but I'm not sure of the best way to transcribe it. In "pan", "slam", etc., I have something like /p&j@n/ - very distinct from the more or less pure /&/ found when a non-nasal consonant follows as in "pass" /p_h&s/, "pat" /p_h&at/, etc. -- Jim Henry