Truespel Analysis of USA English - Book One

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Tue Aug 10 16:16:02 UTC 2004


I was trying to make a distinction between the only archaic wh-w and
the truly ancient ow+r/oh+r, but you have clearly out-anciented me. I
might save my terminology by calling the distinctions you note


>On Aug 10, 2004, at 8:20 AM, dInIs wrote:
>>What about the ancient distinction between long o and open o before r?
>did you mean to say "archaic"?
>me, i think it's about time to revive a distinction between "meet" and
>"meat".  and to restore the k in "knife", "knee", etc.; i mean, how do
>people tell the difference between "night" and "knight" in speech?
>such a terrible loss of useful distinctions!
>don't re-spell, re-pronounce!
>arnold (zwicky at

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