Aiwendil42 wrote:The pronunciation [mɛlk] has always perplexed me; I had a friend in high school who pronounced it this way but otherwise seemed to use [ɛ] and [ɪ] the same way I do. What is it about 'milk' that causes the pronunciation with [ɛ] for some people while leaving short 'i' as [ɪ] in other environments? I wonder if those who say [mɛlk] pronounce 'silk' and 'ilk' with [ɛ] as well?
Again, I'm from Georgia but have avoided the majority of the major dialectal features of the area... but I indeed say [mɛlk]! Everyone, even other Georgians wonder what is wrong with me
I can tell you that I definitely pronounce 'silk' and 'ilk' as [sɪlk] and [ɪlk] though. Elk, as in the large deer-like animal, is distinct as [ɛlk]. I can't think of another word where I have a similar pattern...
Just to put out my pronunciations of the words before: [gɪt], [ɛg] always in the singular but I vary between [ɛgz] and [eɪgz] in the plural, [boʊθ], and [lɑx] ever since I learned German, but I pronounced 'loch' as [lɑk] until that point.
Oh, I've realized some other strange idiolectal things since my last post: 'Australia' as [ɑl
.ˈsʧɹeɪl.jə] and 'problem' as [pɹɑl
bləm]. Does anyone know of any sort of "intrusive L" in American English varieties? Also, spectrogram analysis in Praat has confirmed my suspicion that my [ʊ] in words like 'put' [pʊt] is actually a diphthong [ʊɪ]. No clue if anyone else has that.
I thought I would comment here that since first making this topic, I've tried to remove myself from the pen-pin merger with terrible results... Sometimes I involuntarily pronounce things that "should" be [ɪ] before nasals, such as 'ri
nse' and 'wo
men', as [ɛ], such as the very real times I said [ɹɛns] and [wɛ.mən]
I feel like Dr. Hammond when Jurassic Park went crazy.