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From: Sergejus Tarasovas
To: phoNet@egroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2000 5:47 PM
Subject: RE: [phoNet] Russian

No, sorry, my reference was to your remarks about foreigners' vowels being "too sharp", not what you wrote about reduced vowels. I mean STRESSED vowels, as when Polish wolno 'slowly' is pronounced ['vuɔilʲnə] rather than ['vɔlnɔ].
Piotr wrote:
An afterthought about what Sergei wrote about vowels: if a Pole attempts to imitate Polish spoken with a Russian accent, the most obvious thing to do (apart from modifying the palatals) is vowel drawling with all the diphthongoid or triphthongoid effects caused by CV and VC transitions.
Hmm, sounds strange, as in standard Russian unstressed vowels are shortened. May be this average Pole met dialects' speakers rather than standard Russian speakers?