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    vowels

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    i have something to ask that is related to phonology.
    long vowels are the long type of short vowels. if this is right, why is the long vowel marks are different from the short vowel marks?
    for example the vowel of ( beat) is the long form of the vowel in ( bid) but the marks( except for the dots ) are different.
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    Re: vowels

    In British English phonology, we use different vowel symbols for the vowels of beat and bit, because they differ in quality as well as length. There are some phoneticians who argue that we should not use a symbol to represent length, as the are not particularly helpful.

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    Re: vowels

    Quote Originally Posted by mms66 View Post
    Hi .
    I have something to ask that is related to phonology.
    Long vowels are the long type of short vowels. If this is right, why is are the long vowel marks are different from the short vowel marks?
    For example, the vowel of "beat" is the long form of the vowel in "bid" but the marks (except for the dots) are different.
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    Re: vowels

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    In British English phonology, we use different vowel symbols for the vowels of beat and bit, because they differ in quality as well as length. There are some phoneticians who argue that we should not use a symbol to represent length, as the are not particularly helpful.
    what i mean is that the vowel mark for the word BIT is (ɪ) and for the word SEE is (i:). The two dots are special for length but still the marks are different. why...???




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    Re: vowels

    Quote Originally Posted by mms66 View Post
    what i mean is that the vowel mark for the word BIT is (ɪ) and for the word SEE is (i:). The two dots are special for length but still the marks are different. why...???
    I answered that question in my first response.

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