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Re: Alphabet

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark J. Reed" <>
> In many American dialects, mine included, there is no distinction
> between the "short o" sound (in Bob, John, cot, dog, etc.)  and the
> "ah" sound in "father";  the name of the car manufacturer "Saab"
> is indistinguishable from the word "sob" in these dialects.  If you
> distinguish between those sounds in your dialect, then the Klingon
> "a" is prounced like the "a", not the "o"; that "o" sound does not
> occur in Klingon.  The selection of "John" to exemplify Klingon
> "a" just betrays an ignorance of English pronuncation variance on
> the part of that author.

and visa versa.. It is difficult to talk from any other perspective than
your own.

> In many British dialects, as well as some New England American ones,
> the "r" in words such as "yard", "car", etc. is actually silent;
> it just modifies the sound of the "a" from the short a (as in
> cat, another vowel sound that tends to differ noticeably across
> the Pond) to the long (in the phonetic sense, having nothing to
> do with what is called a "long a" in English) "ah" as in father.

Yes.. as it says in TKD:
"a As in English psalm; never as in American English crabapple"

Not sure how the short "a" as in cat could differ but if the "e" in pen can
sound like the "i" in pin, anythings possible..

> -- marqoS <>


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