Talk:Phonological history of English diphthongs

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ɑu becomes ɒː[edit]

I am a little confused. Currently, in Modern English, au is pronounced as /ɔː/. And according to another page: Phonological History of English, when the diphthong au was monophthongized, it monophthongized to /ɔː/. On the other hand, this page says the vowel was changed to /ɑu/ and then /ɒː/. In the latter theory, how the digraph au got its pronunciation of /ɔː/ is unexplained. So, I simply ask for details. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:26, 3 October 2016 (UTC)

Rod-ride merger[edit]

Previously, somebody else also made a comment in a section now archived called African American etc. Tipping my hat off to him, I repeat his comment below:

"Aside from the fact that this 'vernacular' doesn't exist, Anyone who's been to America will tell you the "rod-ride" merger is a southern thing, with no racial affiliation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:35, 27 May 2013 (UTC)"

Furthermore, when I went on the page African American Vernacular English, I saw no mention of the rod-ride merger. However, when I went on Southern American English, the merger was mentioned as Stage 1 of the Southern Vowel Shift. Therefore, I am going to change the section to read that the merger occurs in Southern American English instead of African American Vernacular English. (talk) 01:22, 8 November 2016‎ (UTC)

It seems that somebody else added "African American Vernacular English" back in along with "Southern American English." So, I rechecked the page African American Vernacular English. However, I switched how I checked. The first time, I typed "rod" into Ctrl+F, and no results came up. The second time, I typed "aɪ" into Ctrl+F, and there was a section which addressed the merger. So, therefore, to whoever re-typed in "African American Vernacular English," you win the debate. We can agree on the current text. (talk) 03:09, 12 November 2016 (UTC)