Date: Tue, 12 Apr 1994 13:25:00 MST
From: Garland Bills GBILLS[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UNMB.BITNET
Subject: Re: ink pen
Responding to Larry Horn's query, my dialect (North Texas, NOT a Valley boy)
merges /I/ and /E/ before nasals (not just /n/ -- and these lax vowels do
not occur before the velar nasal, by the way), and I have never used 'ink
pen'. If disambiguation is needed I would likely say 'writing p_n'
(stereotypically contrasted with a 'sticking p_n') or some circumlocution
such as 'what you write with'. So for me, only repair; no 'ink pin'.
University of New Mexico
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