Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 09:02:12 EST From: Terry Lynn Irons Subject: Re: [fle:g] As someone who focuses on students learning to transcribe, I think the idea of using the Pledge of Allegiance is a great idea. I'll try it. You have observed change in the pronunciation of the vowel in flag, a change representing raising of the low front vowel. What have you observed with the low vowels in the three other instances, two "and"s and "stand". Of course, if your students are like mine, they have trouble with vowels before nasals, but has there been an noticeable pattern of raising here? It would be consistent with a pattern of phonemic change, as distinct from a simple lexical change or split. Terry -- (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)