[Ads-l] arrow-space

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 6 14:33:38 EDT 2017


> On Aug 6, 2017, at 2:26 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> The distinctions can be elusive.  One of my teachers tried the same
> experiment on us years ago.
> 
> Like Larry (rhymes with "marry"), I pronounced all three differently.
> 
> He insisted that my "Mary" and "merry" sounded the exactly the same.
> 
> At least to him.
> 
> JL

Another minimal triple, just to give poor Mary a rest:

Carey (former NY governor, or pop singer—no relation)
carry
Kerry 

> 
> On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 2:22 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
> 
>>> On Aug 6, 2017, at 1:53 PM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Is there any other way to pronounce it?
>>> 
>>> I remember seeing a linguistics educational cartoon in Jr. High.
>>> 
>>> In one of the scenes, a character says that he can determine where
>> someone is from by they way they pronounce the words "merry," "Mary" and
>> "marry."
>>> 
>>> I remember thinking - "but they are all pronounced the same!"  Only
>> years later, when I went East for school, did I appreciate the various ways
>> some people distinguish among those words.
>>> 
>>> I guess I feel the same way about aero and arrow.
>> 
>> Exactly.  (I posted before reading this.)
>> 
>> LH
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>>> There might be a difference in my pronunciation, but I think
>> they=E2=80=99=
>>> re the same. BB
>>> 
>>>> On 6 Aug 2017, at 07:19, James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM> =
>>> wrote:
>>>> =20
>>>> At a meeting this week, two different people pronounced "aerospace" as =
>>> something close to /arrow-space/.  Has anyone else heard this?
>>>> =20
>>>> - Jim Landau
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