"awe" phoneme has disappeared

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 30 22:39:19 UTC 2012

You mean like the joke?



On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
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> 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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