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OT: vowel in 'kerb', 'bird'

From:Tristan Alexander McLeay <zsau@...>
Date:Saturday, June 23, 2001, 2:59
This question is directed primarily to non-rhotic English-speakers.

Is it just Melbourne, or just Australia, or is the vowel in
'kerb'/'bird' ect. really [3\:], and not [3:] as is generally shown, and
if it is, then why isn't [3\:] (i.e, closed open e/closed reversed
epsilon) used instead?



Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>