Dieing languages and "easy to learn" spelling

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Sat Apr 12 10:06:16 UTC 2008

In Standard American English (i.e., what I speak) "egg" is /eyg/ (as
is /leyg/), but "beg" (like "peg") has an E (epsilon). I've been
forced to live where they rhyme for the last 40 years or so. Time to
go back to where people talk good.


PS: I probably don't want to hear other definitions of Standard
American English.

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>Subject:      Re: Dieing languages and "easy to learn" spelling
>>     Will I be forced to spell "egg" and "leg" as if they rhymed with
>What's the difference between them in your dialect? I've only lived
>where they do rhyme, and I've managed not to notice the distinction
>in the speech of those who might pronounce them differently.
>James Harbeck.
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of English
Morrill Hall 15-C
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48864 USA

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