I'm claiming that neither [e] nor [ɛ] are used for /æ/ in English, to the extent that the OP thinks is common, unless she has been listening almost exclusively to NZE.
Maybe. I'm not convinced that I say [e] for /e/ (or something closer to [e] than [ɛ]) at all! The vowel in 'bed' is [ɛ]. And speakers of Spanish and Italian who have heard my attempts at their language do not accept my normal Australian /e/ for their [e], which they should if I say [e] - but perhaps not necessarily if it's only "something closer to [e] than [ɛ] ".In Australian English, the vowel is closer to [e]
But I take it that we agree on [æ].
Last edited by Raymott; 21-Jan-2014 at 08:01.
i think it actually might be my interpretation, but it might also be a slight variation from the vowel sound we have in cat, meaning, not as long as cat, but not as short as "ten" either. Im going to try and do some careful listening exercises on that. Oh geez. Thats what happens when u dont have a boyfriend! Lol thanks