YAEPT alert! [Re: Spelling pronunciations (was: rhotic miscellany)]
|From:||Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 14:38|
> > for me "ain't" can only be /ejn(t)/.
That is definitely the case for me as well. Meanwhile, /Ent/ can only
mean, well, one of those tree critters in LoTR, whose name never struck
me as a pun on anything.
Similarly, pronouncing "again" as /@'gejn/ or, worse, /ej'gejn/, sounds
stilted and artificial; it's something said to force an old poem to
rhyme when it no longer does so naturally in (my dialect of) modern