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Matthew Gordon gordonmj at MISSOURI.EDU
Fri Jul 13 17:11:45 UTC 2007

This reminds me of that time last fall on ADS-L when a self-proclaimed
"expert on USA English pronunciation" refused to acknowledge that "eye" was
pronounced as a diphthong b/c a diphthong is two vowels interconnected and a
vowel is a phoneme which would mean "eye" would have to have 2 phonemes.

I wonder if that guy ever took the advice of reading an introductory
phonetics or even general linguistics text.

On 7/12/07 3:52 PM, "Tom Zurinskas" <truespel at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:

> Someone said either spelling ae/ai represent the diphthongal nature of the
> vowel sound "eye".  That may be true in other dialects but for
> "pipe,time,hike" has one sound for the vowel "eye" not two as I hear it.
> I'd like to hear a sound file where the "long i" vowel is diphthongal.
> Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
> See - and the 4  truespel books plus "Occasional Poems" at

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