Date: Sat, 5 Mar 1994 11:18:42 -0600 From: Natalie Maynor 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]