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On 6/2/06, Joe <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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.

Yup;  have you read JC Wells' book?  Fascinating stuff.

Incidentally, "Southeastern dialects" is a somewhat ambiguous phrase,
since the English of the Southeastern US is rather different from that
of the Southeastern part of Britain. :)

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Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>