Date: Sat, 5 Mar 1994 11:18:42 -0600
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Epiphany on the Tennis Court
Being far from serious about the game of tennis, I often entertain myself
on the tennis court with thinking about all kinds of other things. This
morning I was thinking about our discussion of the vowels in "linguistics"
and started mumbling the word over and over. (My tennis friends didn't
think anything about my mumbling since they know that I often use tennis
games for practicing French or German -- fortunately, they're not serious
tennis players either.) Suddenly I realized that what I'm confident used
to be [i] in my pronunciation has moved closer to [I]. This is kind of
scary. Next thing you know I'll be saying [tEn] instead of [tIn] for
"ten." Must be yankee infiltration.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)