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  •  I would point out the following: (5+ / 0-)

    The "i" in "mice" is not a high-front vowel.  It is the diphthong, [ai].  Phonetic [i]  as in "machine" is a high, front, unrounded vowel.  Also, "ee" in "feet" is certainly not a mid vowel.  It is the same high, front, unrounded vowel mentioned above. Additionally, the IPA only recognizes one mid-vowel, namely, shwa [ ə ].  Orthographic "e" in "met" is an open mid vowel, while phonetic [e] as in "mate" is a close mid vowel.  

    Unfortunately, I don't have a complete IPA font set on this computer, so I can't be as precise as I'd like to be. For example, the "i" in [ai] should be represented by a capital 'i' shape that is the same size as a lower-case letter.

    -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

    by GulfExpat on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 09:44:59 PM PDT

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