‘The familiar /iː/ and /ɪ/ and the mysterious /i/ How many do we need?’ by Adrian Underhill

Adrian Underhill’s latest blog post is titled “The familiar /iː/ and /ɪ/ and the mysterious /i/ How many do we need?”.

Adrian says, “In the 70′s and 80′s learner dictionaries general subsumed /i/ under /ɪ/ thereby stating that the sound at the end of happy is phonemically part of the allophone set of /ɪ/. Personally I think that is a reasonable decision for teachers and learners, and indeed I still cannot myself reliably hear a distinction between the sound at the end of happy and /ɪ/.”

The familiar /iː/ and /ɪ/ and the mysterious /i/ How many do we need?

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