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Steg Belsky scripsit:

> On Oct 18, 2004, at 7:46 AM, Roger Mills wrote:
> >Those dialects that distinguish the vowels of _Mary, marry, merry_
> >may be able to assign the phoneme differently, provided a derivative
> >form exists where the non-neutralized variant shows up.
>
> Some of us have a different problem :-)
>
> "Mary" /me:r\i/ = [me@r\i]
> "grass" /gr\&s/ = [gr\e@s]

Jeepers creepers, am I the only one left who says [mer\i], [m&r\i],
[mEr\i], and [gr&s], the way God intended?  Eheu, fugaces!  :-)

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