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The vowel that I refer to on this site as /Æ/ is referred to in the literature as "tense /æ/." Here I present some phonetic evidence for the distinct phoneme.


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Spectrogram of /tɻejlɻ tɻÆlɻ tɻælɻ tɻɛlɻ/
Spectrogram of /ejm æm Æm/
Spectrogram of /Æ æ ɛ e/
Spectrogram of /hÆnd hænd hɛnd hejnd/