Kloiten wrote:Holy crap, I just realized that many PNE speakers say [veən] and [kʰeət]. I guess I have heard that before. But I more commonly hear the standard [æ], though.
Edit: PNE speakers usually say [kʰ(eə/æ)ʔ] instead. No joke. It's not even an unreleased [t].
The rules of æ-tensing
are different in Philly (and neighbouring areas) than they are for the Great Lakes area where the NCVS takes place. There's actually a phonemic split there, e.g. [kʰeən] "tin" vs. [kʰæn] "be able". In Broad Chicawga, by contrast, these are both [kʰeən] ~ [kʰɪən].
I may be fooling myself, but I think the tin-be able to distinction is the exact same in PNE. If I hear [kʰæn], it's very well more likely that it means can. So they're not homophones after all!
It still confuses the hell out of my Russian parents, though.
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