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Re: Idiolects

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 30, 2002, 2:32
Jonathan Knibb scripsit:

> My mother, a basically RP speaker raised in Birmingham (England), often uses > an alveolar flap for intervocalic /r/ in careful speech, unusual AFAIK in > near-RP accents.
Wasn't that a feature of conservative RP some decades back?
> (Another example would be my use of short [a], the vowel I use in Ger. > 'Mann', in words such as 'grass', which traditionally alternate between [A:] > and [ae-ligature] - although I think I did this as a child, before becoming > phonetically savvy.)
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