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Re: USAGE: English vowels [was Re: THEORY: language and the brain]

From:Tristan <kesuari@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 2, 2003, 14:26
On Thu, 2003-07-03 at 00:01, Thomas R. Wier wrote:
> Tangent: one problem with Americans trying to learn French > or German in the past is that textbooks, published in the UK, > would explain the mid front rounded vowels in those two languages > by reference to the pronunciation of English <er>. Naturally, > since most Americans speak rhotic dialects, this is entirely > misleading and would only confuse speakers of French and > German.
Of course, it's not much better with American textbooks describing either English words with short o as 'ah' or foreign words with [A], [a:] and similar sounds as short o. Except for the fact that Television Does Educate. -- Tristan.