Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

You say potetto, I say potatto

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/.)

Tags: amy
  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded