Date: Wed, 13 Apr 1994 09:35:16 -0400 From: Ellen Johnson Subject: Re: ink pen I use 'ink pen' and also merge /I/ and /E/. 'Ink pen' is not my most common term for that referent, 'pen' is. When it's not clear from the context, as when someone asks "What kind of /pIn/?", I would use it without hesitation, quite naturally. I seem to hear it rather frequently here in Athens, GA, but will keep an ear out for awhile. Ellen Johnson ellenj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]