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Re: CHAT: IPA Question

From:BP Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Sunday, February 2, 2003, 20:25
At 14:52 29.1.2003 -0500, John Cowan wrote:

>Jake X scripsit: > > > However, I am aware that this phoneme, which ranges from [u] to [U], > changes > > as you enter the US Midwest, so that my Ohioan grandmother says [rUt] (for > > root) > > and [rUf] (for roof), while I say [rut] and [ruf]. > >But probably not [mUn] or [brUm] or [sUn]. The variation is highly >lexicalized.
Isn't it rather the case that somespeakers merge /u/ and /U/ as [u] but none merge them as [U]? Also I understand that some have [M] for /u/, but do any have merger to [M]? / B.Philip Jonsson B^)> -- (delete X!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ No man forgets his original trade: the rights of nations and of kings sink into questions of grammar, if grammarians discuss them. -Dr. Samuel Johnson (1707 - 1784)