/ei/ ~ /i:/ in "Kean"
Mark A Mandel
mam at THEWORLD.COM
Tue Dec 17 15:25:40 UTC 2002
My wife asks:
When I was listening to NPR last night, the reader said "Thomas Kane"
had been appointed to head the commission investigating 9/11. Who?
"The former governer of New Jersey" she went on. Gee, I thought, isn't
that Thomas Kean, pronounced "Keen"?
It is indeed. So my question is, did the reader misread her text, or are
there places where it is sometimes hard to distinguish a long e from a
-- Mark A. Mandel
Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania
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