On Thu, 21 Oct 2004 06:35:57 -0400, J. 'Mach' Wust <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > I've always been wondering if there are varieties where the distinction of > _Mary, merry, marry_ is preserved if the /r/ is not followed by a vowel? If it's not followed by a vowel, it isn't beginning a new syllable, so things are different anyway. On Thu, 21 Oct 2004 13:07:03 +0200, Jean-François Colson <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Quickscript (a successor of the Shavian alphabet) uses the letters /eI/ + /r/ to > write /E@r/, making |they're| and |there| identical. They're identical for me, too - I pronounce all three of |they're their there| the same (roughly, [DE@]). I believe this is the norm; compare the number of google hits for misspellings such as "their going", which makes most sense if both words are pronounced identically. On Thu, 21 Oct 2004 13:19:16 +0200, Jean-François Colson <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > BTW How do you pronounce |it'd|? Do you insert a vowel between /t/ and /d/ or do you succeed to say > [Itd]? I say [It@d]. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]> Watch the Reply-To!