The duration of /ae/ and /ai/

LanDi Liu strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 23 15:12:29 UTC 2008

On Jan 23, 2008 10:48 PM, David Bowie <db.list at> wrote:

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> p.s. I never use ash in the verb can, stressed or not. (Stressed can i
> pronounce [kEn] or, when i'm really relaxed, [kIn].) I was once flat-out
> told by a linguist who should have known better that i was lying when i
> said that. It's my second-favorite bizarre wrong thing i was told by my
> linguistics teachers.

What about the noun "can"?

And what's the first-favorite?

Randy Alexander
Jilin City, China

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