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, "j_mach_wust" <j_mach_wust@...> wrote:
> The difference between pronunciation variation of the vowel of "bite"
> and the vowel of "either" is that in the case of "bite", I guess
> virtually all English speakers would agree that the word "bite"
> belongs to the category of words with the TIE vowel, even though their
> actual pronunciations of that vowel may differ a lot. In the case of
> "either", however, some would say it belongs to the category of words
> with the TIE vowel, but others would say it belongs to the category of
> words with the TREE vowel.
> j. 'mach' wust
[I see. So basically, the two categories we're dealing with here are
regional variations from a generally acknowledged standard (as in the
case of _bite_), and what one might describe as two different standards
altogether (_either, can't_).
I still think the line may not always be easy to draw, but as a rough
guideline it makes sense.