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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 English. -Marcos