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Trying to do the homework that my students will be asking me about tomorrow makes me very aware of the fact that I have _no idea_ how to find an appropriate IPA vowel for the way I say "fan" (pan, can, Dan, etc).

*is confused at Wiki's audio IPA vowels*

Date: 2015-10-12 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ratatosk.livejournal.com
I would use 'æ' for that, for my dialect at least.

This might help: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_American#Vowels
Edited Date: 2015-10-12 12:46 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-10-12 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wispfox.livejournal.com
That link _totally_ helped. Thank you!

I - and apparently most Americans - am apparently using "eə", a tense vowel version of "æ" which is usually not treated as a separate phoneme. I'm apparently just very sensitive to the difference in sound between those two.

Given that the page mentions a difference in meaning based on differences between the two for the mid-atlantic region, I suspect this sensitivity is due to having been in PA for my early years. I do have a difference in how I pronounce some of the words they list, but not all of them ('man' vs 'hang' for example, are different).

Date: 2015-10-12 10:48 pm (UTC)

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