Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 02:31:35 -0500
From: Buchmann
Subject: Re: been: Ben vs. bin

In the South the difference
in vowel sound is pretty
well opaque to a native speaker:
10 = tin/ten;
been = bin/ben;
wren = wren/wrin;
pen/pin = pin/pen;
etc., etc., etc.

I used to confuse a friend in regular linguistics
when I would refer to our mutual friend "Len."
My friend [of the first part] would always ask
[in genuine puzzlement - as in chocolate] "Who's