the long vowels as monophthongs

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 4 02:52:03 UTC 2008

On Sat, May 3, 2008 at 10:46 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at>

> I don't follow all of his threads, but this seems to be the absolutely
> clearest example that he can be given of what a diphthong is.
> Because of the nature of English, native speakers are prone to hearing
> certain diphthongs as monophthongal (just as the "t" in prince and
> princess is nearly unrecognizable).
> I do hope that others will chime in on this as I think it has the best
> chance of getting through to him.

I wish it could. I would bet that it won't.

m a m

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