En réponse à "Y.Penzev" <[log in to unmask]>: > > I don't quite understand what you both mean under the terms "tense" > and > "lax" (they seem rather Eurocentric), I'd even say "Anglocentric". The only time I ever saw them used in French was to describe English phonology :)) . As I explained, I don't find anything specially lax to [I], nor anything specially tensed to [i]. And I find the latter much easier to produce than the former. But as you know, difficulty in language is always relative. but as I mentioned before, in > Ukrainian the situation is vice versa: you get [E] in stressed > syllables, > and [e] in unsterssed. > That's a strange one! But it's nice :)) . > > And then, of course, there's English. It has /E/ as a phoneme, but > > /e/ only in the diphthong /eI/. > > Which is pronounced [EI] or even [Ey] in some dialects... > Or simply [e] :)) . Christophe. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.