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Re: Hear Me! Hear Me!

From:Adrian Morgan <morg0072@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 25, 2002, 1:35
Tristan wrote, quoting myself:

> > > However, I would say that 'full' and 'fool' were, indeed, distinguished > > > purely by length. I don't think I can get a higher vowel than the one > > > in there, so that's probably [u]. > > > > [u] equals [w=] (syllabic [w]). This is one thing I'm very confident > > on, as I've been told so directly. So "fool" for me is [fu:l]. > > Okay, I'm happy with that.
> > The vowel in "foot" is slightly more open (lower, I think). > > That tends to be the normal vowel there, I think, and would be [U].
Possibly, though I'm under the impression that [U] is lower again.
> > > The vowel in 'boot' is more fronted (and long), but I wouldn't say > > > it was diphthongal. > > > > Agreed. I don't know of any dialects where it's diphthogonal. > > People tend to claim the Australian /u:/ is pronounced more like [@u:].
Well, as you'll know, the dialect known as "broad Australian" [1] is characterised by such things as schwas being inserted before various vowels and "grown" being pronounced with two syllables. It could be something to do with that, although [@u:] would have to be very broad indeed - and we all know that broad Australian is not the dominant dialect in this country. Adrian. [1] used mostly by people who wish to cultivate a 'rough' sort of image and most common in remote rural regions -- not that I know much about regional and social factors behind Austalian dialects


Tristan McLeay <kesuari@...>