15 July 2017

English names

Try saying this list of names (from Transcribing the Sound of English by Paul Tench) that require the full range of vowels: Steve, Jim, Jen, Pat, Mark, John, George, Brook, Sue, Chuck, Bert, Jane, Joe, Di, Joy, Ian, Claire, Noor, Howard, Fiona and Louise. If we wanted to use different vowels for them all, we'd need 22 (Howard has 2)!

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