On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM, And Rosta <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Thus,I'm using distinct lexical sets for BIT and KIT (due to South African >> dialect), >> > > > that'snot a phoneme split afaik > > As I read, I think it is yet not clear if kit-bit split uis really a split. But I decided to consider it a real split due to this párt of the text I read: "generally before /ʃ/ (*fish*), and by some speakers before /tʃ, dʒ/". It is usually predictable when it is pronounced [ɪ] and when [ə], but not always (what can be perceived by the words "generally" and "by some speakers"). I will be interested. But the decision to select just the ten varieties on > the Wikipedia page somewhat reduces the interest from what it might > otherwise have been. > > --And. > I only reduced to these ten because this is the dataset I have available for my project. If I could find a larger one, then my project would be more complete.