contrastive stress on "an"

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Tue Nov 13 19:24:34 UTC 2007

Stressed schwa would be odd I think. I bet it's /Diy/.


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>Subject:      Re: contrastive stress on "an"
>And, in a parallel way, for dialects (like mine) with invariant [D@]
>for "the," even before vowel-initial words, I wonder is we might
>adopt the pronunciation [Di] for emphasis?  "I want th' apple" vs.
>"I don't want a(n) apple, I want THE apple."
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>>Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 11:25:38 -0500
>>From: "Dennis R. Preston" <preston at MSU.EDU>
>>Both /ey/ and /aen/ sound good to me; I think the contrastive
>>stress does away with the /n/ requirement in the first (and I don't
>>have the /n/ in colloquial usage anyhow). Fun variationist project:
>>Does contrastive stress on "an" more often realize itself as /ey/
>>for speakers who don't have the nasal?
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