Friday, 3 April 2009

pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)

Amy showed me one of Stella's CD cases and said, "Look, /kEts/!"

I said, "Ah yes, Cats!" and she responded, "No, *kets*".

Which is how it's pronounced in German, since it typically turns English /æ/ into /E/.

I suppose this means that /æ/ and /E/ are separate phonemes for Amy. (I wonder whether she'd consider /æ/ and /a/ separate, though—whether she'd hear, for example, "cats" and "Katz'" as distinct or would consider them essentially the same. The distinction isn't phonemic in either language, after all, unlike /æ/ vs. /E/.)

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pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)
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