On Tue, 10 Jun 2008 17:49:26 +1000, Tristan McLeay <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >Hey wait, in possibly conservative RP unstressed i/e is [I] and -y is >... also [I], even when it's got inflexions after it. So "parted" and >"partied" are homophones [pA:tId], yet "batted" and "battered" are not >[b&tId] vs [b&t@d]. (I in Australian English distinguish [pa:4@d] and >[pa:4id], but not batted/battered [b&4@d].) So, if someone said, "A fool and his money are soon partied", a speaker of conservatory RP might not get it? > >-- >Tristan.