Mark Mandel Mark.A.Mandel at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 26 18:40:57 UTC 2009

I haven't seen anyone mentioning the influence of German loans. "ei" is
standardly [aI] in German and in English loans from German. I would also
include surnames in the possible influences; the only class of exception
that comes to mind is the variation between [i] and [aI] in final "-stein",
e.g., some Epsteins are /'EpstaIn/s and some are /'Epstin/s.

Mark Mandel

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