occasional observations on English pronunciation features, phonetics, teaching and learning
-ɪ vs -ə.(Or rather -i vs -ə, as those who pronounce the second vowel the same tend to have HAPPY tensing.)
@Lipman: Corrrrrrect! Word-final /ɪ/ versus /ə/
Hmm. That may well be a minimal pair to YOU -- as the actress said to the archbishop -- but I think the rest of us still want to know: what on earth were the right words?
If it's what I think, I have a contrast of /ɪ/ vs. /ə/ in the second syllable and a contrast of /i/ vs. /ə/in the last syllable.If you're drawing a blank, look at the URL of the second photo. I had to.
The two words are ENEMY and ENEMA