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December 18, 2016

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I was going to suggest the English accent of speakers in Hawaii as a candidate for a relatively diphthong-free version.

My "sigh" "say" and "soy" end in "ee" not "ih." And I grew up in Dayton, OH, so I speak the official standard American accent (or at least I did before I moved to Minneapolis.)

Yeah, I have the same dipthong for soy and toy.

I would have been interested to see your linguistics-informed learning to read lessons. My oldest is just now starting with the inventive spelling/labelling phase. You forget how many rules there are until you're trying to explain them all!

Vowels fascinate me. I'm sitting in front of my computer saying all these words out loud as my children stare at me.

As a Southerner, I am entirely in favor of adding however many vowel sounds you need.

The sought/sot distinction is entirely lost on me. I can't say it differently. I can barely hear the difference.

Just this past week, I tried to explain schwa to my six year old son as he learned to read the word 'was.' Maybe that wasn't a great idea? :D

I don't think the vowel in "was" is a schwa. It's the same vowel as in "cup," no?

Acoustically, the vowel in "was" is going to be identical to the second vowel in "bottom" except for a slight difference in amplitude. They're transcribed using different IPA symbols, though, since one is stressed and one is unstressed.

I thought a vowel was a schwa if the pronounced vowel /uh/ was not the phonetic vowel written. Was is /w/-/uh/-/s/ and not /w/-/ay/-/s/ or /w/-/ah/-/s/. Is that not schwa?

And I just watched a video on schwa. Wow. I totally misunderstood what it did. Soooo. You have to have a stressed syllable in addition to the schwa syllable?

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