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USAGE: Kristian on Adrian's vowel disorder (was: RE: [i:]=[ij]?(was Re: Pronouncing "Boreanesia")

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, November 6, 2000, 14:22
And Rosta wrote:

> > What about "boy" [boj] and "boil" [bojl]? > > ... which, fortunately, has the distinction of being about the least > mutable of English vowels both cross-dialectally and diachronically > (especially in open syllables).
Diachronically immutable!? A mere two centuries ago, English poets were rhyming "join" with "line" (Pope's _Essay on Criticism_) and "cry" with "joy" ("To Anacreon In Heaven"). -- There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> no more / no less || to do / all things || with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein