Mark J. Reed wrote: > > > And I don't need to know how you pronounce "grass" to know what you > mean by it, but I nevertheless find it interesting that you pronounce > it differently from me. Hey, I'm human. And thus the YAEPT's. > Southeastern dialects (and RP) of English tend to have [A:] instead of [&] in a variety of odd places, generally before fricatives, but fairly arbitrarily. Hence 'grass', 'bath', 'path', 'laugh' are [grA:s], [bA:T], [pA:T] and [lA:f]. It's inconsistent though, and I don't know why.