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What is the pronouncing difference between /æ/ and /e/ in US English?

The question is about the pronunciation of /æ/ and /e/, such as in Brad and bread, expansive and expensive, man and men, bad and bed, pat and pet, flash and flesh, sad and said, had and head, etc. I asked local Americans about the differences, listened to Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNL5BmWQGiI) videos for the difference, but I still did not quite get it. It is understandable that dialects would lead to difference as well; so in British English pronunciation, I probably caught the difference; but in the Mid-western dialects, e.g., Minnesota, these two sounds are so similar that I can never succeed in distinguishing them without a context. So the question is to ask: 1. What is the difference between /æ/ and /e/ in your US dialects? 2. What is the difference between /æ/ and /e/ in Mid-western dialects? An answer with a video or audio information would be very helpful I guess.
posted by caladesi on Sep 1, 2015 - 24 answers

Learning a neutral accent and DIY speech therapy

I teach for a living but have a lot of linguistic baggage that I'd like to get rid of. Specifically, I have some weird pronunciation/accent issues and would like to speak "General American" or newscaster English. Is this something I can do on my own? What resources should I use? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Feb 27, 2013 - 7 answers

You say scone, I say scone; let's call the whole thing off

We're resigned to our differences over the pronunciation of 'scone' (rhyming it with either 'stone' or 'gone'). The strange thing is that both of us regard the other's pronunciation as sounding 'posh'. So, does scone/scone divide along class lines, or is it more about geography or something else?
posted by monkey closet on Sep 27, 2012 - 48 answers

Why is she talking about "baggles"?

In what regional dialect do people pronounce "bagel" as though it were spelled "baggle"? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Sep 3, 2012 - 76 answers

How would a Cockney pronounce "Battlestar Galactica"?

How would a Cockney pronounce "Battlestar Galactica"?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Jan 4, 2012 - 21 answers

What are some of the best tools available for mastering the Received Pronunciation accent?

What books/courses/web tutorials would you recommend to help me learn the Received Pronunciation (BBC) English accent? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Nov 20, 2007 - 9 answers

AccentFilter: What makes a New England accent recognizable?

AccentFilter: What makes a New England accent recognizable? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Sep 1, 2007 - 22 answers

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