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Chapter 2 Reaction



After finally finishing Chapter 2 in Language and Learning: The Home and School Years by Terry Piper, I have decided that I am NOT a native speaker of English, at least the way she represents it. In one place in there (p.31), she says that her examples are from mid-East coast United States and much of eastern Canada. Yet, I don't KNOW what that sounds like. Our announcers from nearly anywhere in the US now use midwest standard, which I am familiar with.

Maybe that is why I continue to have trouble with the examples for speech. One activity wants us to find the set that does not belong and explain why.

Set I
fix, fax
mix, max
firm, farm
kitsch, catch

Set II
dimple, pimple
dump, pump
dare, pair
day, play

Set III
show, stow
shine, sine
shine, sign
shell, sell

Any of you HEAR a difference? I can FEEL a difference in where my tongue goes on the r in firm and farm giving the r sound a different twist, but in the other two lists, I can't HEAR any change even after locating two position differences. Talk about frustrating.

In the second set, even after feeling my tongue in a different place in the r, I can't hear it.

In set three, the same is true of the l sound. I hear NO CHANGE even though my tongue goes closer to my front teeth when I say sell.

This will NOT become an area I decide to do my dissertation on, should I ever get that far!
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