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USAGE: YAEPT: Re: Diversity and uniformity AND No rants! (USAGE: di"f"thong) -- responses to Andreas and Ray.

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Friday, June 2, 2006, 22:01
Mark J. Reed wrote:

> > > And I don't need to know how you pronounce "grass" to know what you > mean by it, but I nevertheless find it interesting that you pronounce > it differently from me. Hey, I'm human. And thus the YAEPT's. >
Southeastern dialects (and RP) of English tend to have [A:] instead of [&] in a variety of odd places, generally before fricatives, but fairly arbitrarily. Hence 'grass', 'bath', 'path', 'laugh' are [grA:s], [bA:T], [pA:T] and [lA:f]. It's inconsistent though, and I don't know why.


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Michael Adams <abrigon@...>
daniel prohaska <danielprohaska@...>