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

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 13:13
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. 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/!) I presume the [eI] involves not only the effect of the velar nasal but also æ-tensing ( ). Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>


Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>