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In British English (at least in my fairly-RP version) these three are all
distinct:
Mary = /me:rij/ "short" e
Marry = /m&rij/
Merry = /merij/ "long" e
As regards Caught" vs "Cot", yes too. Both these have the IPA symbol of an
upside-down lower-case c, but the former is the "long" version. However, the
two vowels are also different qualitatively. The former is more fuller and
rounded. Not sure what A is in SAMPA, but  it sure doesn't sound like "a"
over here!
Mike
----- Original Message -----
From: "Arthaey Angosii" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, June 14, 2004 9:14 PM
Subject: Re: English, Masculine, Feminine


> Emaelivpeith Emily:
> > emily says [ ho:mz ]. I have one of those interesting speech registers
> > that notes all three vowels in Mary, Marry & Merry (which Pacific Coast
> > speakers hear & say as an even [ E ] instead)
>
> Apologies for contributing to YAEPT, but I'm curious... I'm one of
> those Pacific Coast speakers, and I'd like to know what vowel values
> you have for Mary, Marry, and Merry.
>
> Do you also have distinct vowels in Caught vs Cot? They both have [A]
> for me, but I'm told it's more common to have [O] and [A],
> respectively.
>
>
> --
> AA