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Re: CHAT: Paths etc (was: CHAT:Conscripts)

From:Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 7, 2007, 10:27
--- "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...> wrote:

> Whoever complained about [tæp dansiN] needs to > adjust their > stereotypes. To the untrained American ear, UK > dialects do sound as > if someone did a global search and replace of [æ] > with [a], but if you > listen closely you'll find that [æ] is alive and > well in even the > poshest of British tongues. It even shows up in > several places where > we Murrikans have [a], especially in relatively > recent borrowings like > "taco" (where we approximate the Spanish while the > RightPondians use > phonological analogy with the corresponding "short" > a's). >
Indeed. My pronunciation of /'t&k.o/ drives my L2-Spanish Texan wife bonkers. Geoff ===== One by one the penguins are stealing my sanity -Graffitum spotted on a bridge in England ___________________________________________________________ Yahoo! Answers - Got a question? Someone out there knows the answer. Try it now.