USAGE: S. Australian (was: Re: Gz^rod|in)
|Date:||Wednesday, March 15, 2000, 5:37|
I don't know if this helps but I went and found my list of phonemes for
NZEng which is close to similar to AusEng.
Let me run the chart past:
& @ A O
EI, aI, OI, AU, aU, I@, E@, U@
Let's see how Adrian's vowels splice into this:
* i ^ oq
ay, iy, *, iu, iww, yyq, eq, *
* this space for rent.
The * sounds are a in bat, oy in boy, and our in tour. & is rising into
E and this seems to be shifting the diphthongs. I@ and E@ are not
necessarily distinct, Australians settling on one and New Zealanders on
the other. U@ and O are pretty indistinct also. The ih sound is higher
for Australians than New Zealanders. If Adrian and I ever met his 'ih'
would probably sound like 'ee' to me and my pronunciation as 'uh' to
him. It's a classic parody for both nations. In NZ English 'ih' and
schwa sound similar, especially when unstressed.
I will have to check out what the studies are saying now in the ten
years or so since I studied NZ Linguistics.
Andrew Smith, Intheologus email@example.com
Takitimu - my mountain
Otepuni - my river