the long vowels as monophthongs

Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Mon May 5 02:51:40 UTC 2008

I was amazed to see, in your (Neal's) remark to (your) Doug, your use of
so technical a term as "smushed together". Clearly, you had even then a
keen awareness of your son's ability to grasp complex concepts. No doubt
because of his demonstration in the diphthong department!

Quote from Neal's 'Diphthongs For Doug' entry in "Literal Minded":
"Congratulations, Doug," I said. "You've figured out that the long a sound
is actually two sounds smushed together.


Poster:       Neal Whitman <nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET>
Subject:      Re: the long vowels as monophthongs

You don't (always) even have to be trained in phonetics to hear the
diphthong. My son realized it for the "long A" sound when he was in
kindergarten, and I'd never told him about diphthongs at all. Details at:

The American Dialect Society -

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