JOSEPH E. LAFERRIERE
josephl at AZTEC.ASU.EDU
Thu Feb 25 13:57:16 CST 1999
> If you think about it, all problem (in reciprocal
> intelligibility) would be very much
> reduced by pronouncing the vowels with
> their basic sounds
Very true. English is very much the oddball language in
terms of vowel pronunciation, as a result of changes in
pronunciation in England in the 17th Century. The
problem is that most Americans think that their
pronunciation is correct and that everyone else's is
odd. There is no incentive for them to change.
Dr. Joseph E. Laferriere
"Computito ergo sum ... I link therefore I am."
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