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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.

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