2021-04-04 01:40:04 UTC
A Longman dictionary gives these pronunciations:
. But actually, the [i] in <see> is long and also even
a bit of a diphthong. Try substituting the [i] from
[ˈkɑpi] into [si]! It's too short!
So isn't it a bit unfortunate when length indications
are missing from many dictionaries?
I wondered whether this is so because the reader can
determine the length himself. But I don't know how.
Is the [i] long when it's stressed? Apparently in
, the [i] is stressed, but not long. (Now I am using a
different source that has length indicators.) So, a
tentative rule would be "a stressed [i] is long, unless
followed by a schwa". But one exception might be:
. And what about unstressed [i], are theses all short? No!
ɐˈlʌmniː alumnae (a group of female graduates, while
[ɐlˈʌmni] = alumni, a group of male graduates.
Heck, this difference might even be /phonemic/!)
. So, are there any rules that allow one to tell when
an [i] is long?
If not, I am afraid, the dictionaries need to change
their procedures and start including length markers!