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--- In conlang@y..., Jrg Rhiemeier <joerg.rhiemeier@N...> wrote:
> Matthew Kehrt <matrix14@H...> wrote:
>
> > On a related note, how is '' supposed to be pronounced in Sindarin?  I
> > thought it was /e/, but it seems that that is how 'e' is pronounced.
> > Are they the same?
>
> No.  '' is simply /a:/ (long /a/), not /e/ or anything else.
> Why should it be /e/?  Escapes me.

It seems that Americans call the diphtong /eI/ a "long a" because it's
the "regular" pronunciation of written {a} in a stressed open syllable.
Also, it evolved (devolved?) from an Old English /a:/.

So Matthew might have mistaken Tolkien's "long a" to mean American
"long a".


-- Christian Thalmann