"awe" phoneme has disappeared

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Jan 30 21:50:23 UTC 2012

On Jan 30, 2012, at 1:20 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 4:03 PM, Michael Newman wrote:
>> The answer is minimal pair drills in preschool to 6th grade. This merge
>> must be stopped! If not, America might as well end up as the 11th province.  ;)
> You laugh, but have you ever watched Nick Jr. for any length of time?
> Because of all the Canadian content (Dino Dan, Little Bear, Franklin,
> Max & Ruby), you can hear the Canadian Shift an awful lawt. Where's
> the legislation to save our kids' vowels from this northern menace?
> --bgz

I think we should throw anyone who produces excess phonemes in jail. Merge until we have only five vowels and then spelling will be simpler.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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