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Re: Pronunciation of Pasties
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1057  Thursday, 24 June 1999.

[1]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Jun 1999 14:15:28 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1051 Re: Pronunciation of Pasties

[2]     From:   Tim Richards <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 23 Jun 1999 18:19:40 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1051 Re: Pronunciation of Pasties


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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Jun 1999 14:15:28 +0100
Subject: 10.1051 Re: Pronunciation of Pasties
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1051 Re: Pronunciation of Pasties

> My survey of Shakespeare professors in the UK and US showed that in the
> US the pronunciations with the A of  PAT and the A of PASTE were evenly
> distributed.  In the UK the A of PAT was used by the majority but even
> there some used the A of PASTE, which is the newer pronunciation, based
> on the analogy of PASTRY.

"UK" may conceal some differences here.  Scots tends to retain a wider
range of distinct vowel sounds than English.  Try the phrase "Merry Mary
married hairy Harry".  The number of distinguishable vowels can range
from one (in some varieties of American) to four (in some varieties of
Scots).

Robin Hamilton

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From:           Tim Richards <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Jun 1999 18:19:40 +1000
Subject: 10.1051 Re: Pronunciation of Pasties
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1051 Re: Pronunciation of Pasties

>My survey of Shakespeare professors in the UK and US showed that in the
>US the pronunciations with the A of  PAT and the A of PASTE were evenly
>distributed.  In the UK the A of PAT was used by the majority but even
>there some used the A of PASTE, which is the newer pronunciation, based
>on the analogy of PASTRY.

Just to confuse matters, here in Australia the word "pastie" is normally
pronounced with the long A sound of 'FAR'.  Another regional variation,
I guess.

Tim Richards.
 

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