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Re: onomatopeyics in conlangs

From:Eric Christopherson <eric@...>
Date:Saturday, November 21, 1998, 6:30
Nik Taylor wrote:
> > Eric Christopherson wrote: > > In English, same spelling, but pronounced /b&N/ > > In which dialect? In my dialect /&N/ isn't even permissible, <ang> is > always pronounced /eN/, so bang = /beN/.
Ah, quite right. I live in southern Wisconsin. The vowel seems to me midway between /&/ and /e/. This vowel is also used before g, as in bag. I was listening to a radio station just south of the WI-IL border and the DJ on there said he could tell a caller was from WI because she pronounced a before g like how I described above instead of as /&/, which presumably is how they pronounce it in Illinois. I never noticed that before. Also, in this area we seem to pronounce "long I" as [^i] before unvoiced consonants and [ai] elsewhere (although there are some exceptions), and also "ar" is pronounced [^r] before unvoiced consonants and [ar] elsewhere.