spelling that exclamation of disgust
Stahlke, Herbert F.W.
hstahlke at BSU.EDU
Fri Jan 2 15:35:15 UTC 2004
In my speech, it's a vowel sequence, as Mark suggests, but the initial vowel is high back unrounded, or perhaps a little closer to high central. This unEnglish vowel fits in with the interjection being a paralinguistic gesture of the sort Mark and Larry commented on.
At 12:57 PM -0500 12/29/03, Mark A. Mandel wrote:
>"ee-yoo" -- IPA [i(j)u] -- is not a diphthong, but a sequence of two
>vowels, with a glide in between that may be more or less prominent.
Exactly. That's a bit clearer than my version last night, which
stressed the fact that it's bisyllabic while true diphthongs aren't.
>Segmentally, it's no different from the vowel sequence in "I <see you>"
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