Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 11:28:02 -0500 From: Donald Larmouth Subject: Re: [fle:g] I checked my notes on the most recent assignment and found no instances of [ae] raising in or in the Pledge of Allegiance, and I don't recall seeing transcriptions like *[stenz] or *[stEnz] instead of [staenz] or [staendz] in the past. I'll have another shot at this early in the spring semester. DWL P.S.: In giving this assignment, I'm always careful to offer an alternative if someone is uncomfortable with the Pledge of Allegiance for religious or other reasons. It's not useful for foreign students either, since it won't be part of their memorized repertoire. I've tried the US national anthem too, but found that too many students didn't know the words. (They also don't know "The Village Blacksmith" and other stuff that I had to memorize when I was in school, back in the Cretaceous.)