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From:    "Mark J. Reed" <[log in to unmask]>
> P.S.  I was taught that Esperanto |e| represented [E], not [e],
> but that [e] was allowed.  The quotations from the message I was
> responding to above indicate that [e] is actually the preferred
> realization.  Perhaps the book I read, being targeted at English
> speakers, chose [E] because we already have [E] in our native
> speech, whereas [e] tends to turn into [ej] (a phenomenon well-attested
> in my Spanish and French classes in high school).

I wonder whether there is any complementary distribution of the
two phones.  Does the phoneme /e/ become [E] in closed syllables,
and remain [e] elsewhere?

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