quality of final <-y> (was: Fricative voicing . . .)

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Sun May 14 13:00:21 UTC 2006

Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> raises his eyebrows:

For me, the final vowel is [i] when I'm "talking proper." Otherwise, I use
[I]. Mark, I'm surprised that you're surprised WRT English English.

"You were inattentive." I said:

> I was actually surprised when English (UK) linguists
> informed me that over yonder it's a phonetic [I].

"*Was* surprised". Past tense. Quite some time ago.

Other than that, thanks for the elaboration and "mirror image" description.


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