Date: Sat, 5 Mar 1994 13:50:39 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: /lIngwIstIks/ Natalie-- I'm unfortunately not as much of a Southerner as you. I remember a good friend, Neil Craig, a Central Texan by birth, who had a really very high tense [i] in , remarkably so to my ears, though he consistently identified it with the /I/ of , not the /iy/ of . For me, the vowels of , , are all perceptually the same, /I/. I don't doubt that a sound spectograph would show some detailed differences between the first two, and I can hear them if I draw the vowel out, so it becomes [I:y], the [y]-glide of course coming as the tongue moves through the position on the way to the velar closure. Rudy Troike [rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]]