[FoRK] Re: Is "fire" one syllable or two?
Fri Jul 15 06:34:36 PDT 2005
Who mentioned consonants?
[ai] alone is a diphthong. In "fire" there is a glide to a third
sound which, in British and Australian English is a schwa. Thus it's
a triphthong in at least those dialects.
if @ = schwa, I roughly pronounce it /fai@/
On 15/07/2005, at 9:05 AM, Jeffrey Winter wrote:
> Diphthongs are when two vowels glide from one to the other in one
> phoneme like "oil". The "o" sound glides into the "i". There
> are no consonants involved by definition.
> -----Original Message-----
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> James Tauber
> Sent: Friday, July 15, 2005 8:56 AM
> To: Corinna
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> Subject: Re: [FoRK] Re: Is "fire" one syllable or two?
> If monosyllabic, it's actually a triphthong. Just the "i" part of the
> sound alone is a diphthong.
> On 15/07/2005, at 8:45 AM, Corinna wrote:
>> According to dictionary.com, it's one syllable. I think the
>> technical term
>> for the 'ire' vowel combination is dipthong.
>> Do I dare ask what motivated you to attempt to compose offensive
>> "Joe Barrera" <joe at barrera.org> wrote in message
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>>> This came up on another list, where we are trying to
>>> come up with the most offensive 9/11 and/or
>>> London Bombing haikus ever.
>>> - Joe
>>> You tell me we've been praying
>>> For a bright and clever hell --
>>> I think we've been forced to our knees
>>> But I can't tell
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