low back merger--austentacious

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Mar 13 02:28:49 UTC 2010

At 3/12/2010 07:34 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>Uh, is there some difference in pronunciation between "ostentatious"
>and "austentatious" for some speakers who assume that their manner of
>speech represents the norm?? I did not know that. What is the relevant

For at least this ostentatious speaker, who has been told his speech
does not represent the norm and he must not assume so.

"Ostentatious" has an "ah".  "Austentatitous", and "Austen", have an
"awe" (perhaps more like "awed"; less W).  And remember, I know
nothing about describing phonetics.

Wilson, didn't you encounter such a distinction in the Northeast?


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