Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 6 09:59:21 UTC 2008

I do.  In fact to say "male" with a long a tends to make a two syllable word out of it - MAY-ul.  It's a bit difficult to transition from long a to "l".  So it's a bit of a cheat to say "mal" for "male/mail".  But mine is a "raised" short a, a Danbury a.  It's a bit more toward long a than the short a that my kids speak from NJ.  Theirs is closer to "ah".  I like mine better.  They poke fun at mine.

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> Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2008 23:27:50 -0400
> From: thnidu at GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Re: yahoo
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> Poster: Mark Mandel
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> On Sat, Apr 5, 2008 at 11:04 PM, LanDi Liu  wrote:
>> And if you're American, you probably say "man" and "male" with the same
>> vowel sound -- "man" with a tensed ash, and "male" the same way, but you
>> also probably consider "man" to have a short a sound, and "male" to have a
>> long a sound. If you say them that way (and I do), you are using the same
>> sound in two different phonemes.
> I don't. Sounds like you have prenasal raising, typical of many but
> hardly most Americans' dialects.
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