YAEPT: Re: The fourteen vowels of English?
|From:||Muke Tever <hotblack@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, September 4, 2004, 18:24|
On Sat, 4 Sep 2004 11:47:14 -0400, John Cowan <jcowan@...> wrote:
> Joe scripsit:
>> >I guess you merge the sounds of "war" and "door"?
>> Almost everyone does. And that of 'pour'.
> Even I, firmly rhotic, merge all of these: [wOr\], [dOr\], [pOr\].
> However, 'pour' [pOr\] and 'poor' [pur\] remain firmly separate,
> and I don't know of any rhotic dialect that merges them.
They're merged for me (and apparently for my boyfriend as well), both 'pour' and
'poor' varying between [pOr\], [pO@r\], and [pU@r\].
(I'd guess it either /pUr/ or /por/ underlyingly, with /r/'s characteristic vowel-munging.)
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