Phonetic alphabets

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Dec 2 22:40:26 UTC 2004

At 2:19 PM -0800 12/2/04, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>In Scots "I" is traditionally /ai/ or /a/ and "eye" is /i:/.

Is "eye" monophthongized the way "I" is in various southern U.S.
dialects?  (Ah don't think so.)


>Barbara Need <nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU> wrote:
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>Subject: Phonetic alphabets
>I just got off the phone with someone offering me a free subscription
>to an IT trade magazine, and she had to spell something for me. What
>I HEARD her say was, "e as in I". Of course, what she meant was "e as
>in eye". In what variety/varieties of English are these not
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