XshadowX wrote:A : IF this is in pronunciation the a is pronounced like it is in van or cat.
Like [veən] or [kʰeət̚]? Well, that's simple enough!
I guess that's why I asked xShadowx for his/her dialect... I assume
it's a SAE [æ], but you never know, eh?
xShadowx: Take a look at [veən] and [kʰeət̚]. Those are pronounced something on the lines of (assuming the é is pronounced like in Standard French) vé-uhn and ké-uhn. That's probably not what you say (I, for one, have never heard that before. I think it's something eastern). That's the beauty of IPA: it's easy, practical, and gets over dialectic diaspora.
I was asking you about your dialect because it's crucial in understanding how your language sounds like. Not everyone speaks English the same. For all we know on the net, you could be Scottish. And that would screw things up for those that are Americans here. You can at tell us the region in which you live. For example, if you were to tell us that you live here
, we would know that you more or less speak a very neutral type of American English. Even then we can't be sure, because everywhere there's always a person who has an accent of some sort. I, in my Pacific substituting-t-as-a-coda-with-a-glottal-stop vowel-heightening Northwest, have found people as young as kindergartners who speak with a fluent "British" accent despite never having been anywhere near the Islands their whole life.