Subject: Re: Beh-ril, burr'uhl, and burl

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Tue Jul 25 15:02:33 UTC 2006

Joel asked


If you distinguish them (as I do; I could hear the differences
between the pronunciations), why *isn't* it another "merry, Mary,
marry"?  Only because I need to have 3 (or 4) different words
semantically?  But you do (as I could have).


I guess I was being over fussy. You were asking about three pronunciations
that you spelled out in quasi phonetics, but I didn't see a clue as to what
word(s) you meant until you or somebody explained that the mention of
weather was intended to allude to Tropical Storm Beryl. So I was thinking
about the vowels when I wrote the first paragraph, and hadn't seen any
mention of several words pronounced distinctly and some dialects and merging
in various combinations in others. Then I read further down the thread and
supplied the other words.

-- Mark
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