[Ads-l] arrow-space

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 6 14:40:57 EDT 2017


> On Aug 6, 2017, at 2:28 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> "Pair o'" rhymes with "pharaoh."
> 
> Unless you say "farrow."
> 
> JL

Note here and elsewhere the effect of the double <rr>, i.e. arV vs. arrV.  I even distinguish “Gary” (Indiana, Sheffield, Payton) from “Garry” (Moore, Marshall, Shandling).

LH

> 
> On Sun, 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
>> 
>> 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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