Phonetic alphabets

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Dec 3 01:35:01 UTC 2004

Not sure I understand the question. Scots "I" /a/  often has a slight /i/ of-glide (and the more it has the closer it gets to general /ai/), but perhaps just as often there is no off-glide, at which point it is virtually the same as Southern U.S. /a/ "I" for speakers who have no /i/ off-glide either, though lots do.

Scots / i : /  "eye," spelled by Burns and others as "ee" or "e'e", has no off-glide that I can hear, unless it is a virtually unnoticeable relaxation to / I /.


Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
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At 2:19 PM -0800 12/2/04, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>In Scots "I" is traditionally /ai/ or /a/ and "eye" is /i:/.

Is "eye" monophthongized the way "I" is in various southern U.S.
dialects? (Ah don't think so.)


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>I HEARD her say was, "e as in I". Of course, what she meant was "e as
>in eye". In what variety/varieties of English are these not
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