Mark J. Reed wrote: >Muke Tever wrote: > > >>>I think that's _most_ American dialects. Er, what vowel do your people >>>put in it? >>> >>> > >"My people call it maize." > >Sorry, just found the "your people" bit amusing. :) > > I like owning people. >Tristan Mc Leay replied: > > >>In general---a letter that denotes /w/ plus a letter that denotes a >>short a has the letter that denotes a short a pronounced with a short o. >> >> > >Except here we run into terminology difficulties. To me, "short a" >means /&/, which is certainly not the vowel in "wash" or any of the >other example words. > That's precisely the sound I'm talking about, though. Originally the non-/&/ sounds were the same as /&/ was, though I imagine it was before the fronting and they were closer to [a] or [A]. The a in 'what', if you ignore the 'w'-bit, would represent a short a (as in /h&t/). *That's* what I meant. -- Tristan.