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OT: Y/N variants (< OT: English and front rounded vowels)

Date:Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 2:29
> [] On Behalf Of Mark J. Reed > Usually grouped with "Ayup." > > "Yay" is definitely a respelling of "yea"; the latter > spelling was used in > the modern sense of the former for quite some time. "Yea" is > also sometimes > used in formal meeting settings instead of the more usual Aye. > > "Yeah" is indeed /j&:/ for most of us over here, but some do > pronounce it > /jE/ (sometimes with a corresponding respelling to "yeh"). > Typically this > is a shortened version, spoken quickly. Final /E/ is quite > rare (though not > unheard of) among us rhotic types, which is no doubt the > reason that the > vowel in "yeah" changed for us.
Don't forget the very similar [a_nha] (=yes) and [a_n?a] (=no).


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>