Steg Belsky wrote: >Silly Australian... >The diphthong is [e@] (or [E@]), and it's the most wonderful vowel in the >world!!!!! Why else would New Yorkers use it for pretty much [he@f] the >occurances of /&/ in the language? When we [pe@s ge@s], or are [gle@d], >or put our groceries (for instance [le@m] or [e@l]) in [be@gz]... > I'm talking about in more conservative dialects than yours, then :P And if the vowel is so wonderful, why did it become /e:/ in Aussie English? (It used to be /e@/, so 'fair' was [log in to unmask]) Remember: Australian English is one of the most aesthetic languages there are, so you can't use the excuse that it's because we're stupid and don't know a good thing when we see it. :P (Not that we aren't stupid; after all, look who's in charge of the country? Grr... the whole idea of a PM or President is absurd... If I ever get into a position like that, I'll have Cabinet in charge, not just one person...) (And re your other post? While /Oz/ and /wOz/ and /b@kOz/ rhyme in /Oz/, /daz/ certainly /daz/n't.) Tristan. http://movies.yahoo.com.au - Yahoo! Movies - What's on at your local cinema?