pin/pen merger, a question...
TlhovwI at AOL.COM
Fri Sep 28 16:51:54 UTC 2001
Here's a question I've recently ran into and I can't either find or invent an answer for it.
What are the rules for the pin/pen vowel merger?
I've got the merger (and when I try not to it comes out pin/pan) but I still have the low-mid "E" as contrasting with "I".
ex. with the merger:
ink pin vs stick pin
However, I can place a bEt on the horse with the prettiest bIt. And, I can nick (I) my neck (E) while shaveing.
Furthermore, If I attempt to say alphabet (E) it doesn't make any sense (like there should be a beta bet, gamma bet, etc).
Just wondering what the rules (if any) there are for merging.
Douglas S. Bigham
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
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