Date: Sat, 5 Mar 1994 08:26:24 -0600
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: /lIngwIstIks/
I say /lI/ before the velar nasal. Years ago I used to fight with
students who transcribed /i/ instead of /i/ in -ing constructions.
They insisted they said /i/.
Ah memories. Way back when I was first introduced to transcription,
my transcription of "linguistics" on a test was marked wrong (the
transcription was of our own speech, btw, not of somebody else's).
Not usually one to protest a teacher's judgment, I did go up after
class to inquire about that one since I thought surely it was just
a careless mistake on his part -- that nobody could really have [I]
instead of [i] in that first syllable. I still can't manage to make
my vocal apparatus come out with an [I] there.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)