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INDV 101 section 57 November 30, 2009
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More on GVS and spelling In the next few slides, some of the great mysteries of English spelling will be revealed to you. Ever wonder why English has a ‘silent e’ that makes preceding vowels sound different (as in ha t vs. ha te )? Why some consonants get doubled, and some don’t ( bett ing vs. bait ing )? You are about to find out.
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Why the IPA is hard for English speakers Have you noticed that the sounds represented by letters in IPA are usually pronounced different from the names of those letters in English? Letter English name of letter ‘a’ = /e/ ‘e’ = /i/ ‘i’ = /aj/ Almost every other European language pronounces their vowels the way they’re pronounced in IPA. So, presumably IPA is easier for them to learn…
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Short vs. long vowels Middle English (and Old English) distinguished vowel length, as many other languages do. So, for example, [feet] would be a different word from [fet].
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