Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 14:52:58 EDT From: Douglas Bayer x3701 3NW Subject: /a:I/ vs. /[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]I/ I'd like any information about the geographical distribution of the /[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]I/ allophone of AY, and similar centering/raising or shortening of other vowels and diphthongs before voiceless consonants. Could anyone point me to papers, maybe even URLs on the 'Net? dbayer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ---------- LONG -------------- I've heard that distinction in the following pairs described as "Northern" or even "chiefly Canadian." And I haven't seen or heard it implemented in any speech generation systems: /a:I/ = /[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]I/ (AAH-ey vs. UH-ey) eyes = ice rider = writer high/hind/hide = height why/wine/wide = white Yet it's obligatory for me. Isn't it "General American"? It's the sole distinguishing feature in the pair rider = writer, and often even in eyes = ice (because the voicing of the final "s" can't always be heard). The rule seems to be long, open /a:I/ when the vowel is followed by no consonant, a voiced consonant, or a nasal; and short, mid /[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]I/ before a voiceless consonant. But in the Great Lakes region, even "-ire" can go to /[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]jR/. This seems less wide-spread. (I'm acutely aware because I pronounce my German name /ba:jR/ but many people say /b[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]jR/) Does similar centering/raising occur with other vowels or diphthongs? For example, is there a region where "OH" differentially goes to /o:w/ or /[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]w/ in the same environments? Any pointers appreciated. (And I'll gladly accept uuencoded or .ps.Z files by email... :) Doug Bayer, Techdoc Toolsmith Interleaf Inc.