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Hi,
what's the difference in pronunciation between "writing" and "riding"? I once heard that some people distinguish them by the first vowel.

Who distinguish them and how? Who doesn't?

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My personal pronunciation is characterized by Canadian raising.
Yes. I distinguish between two long I's. Those before unvoiced consonants begin near the u in but. Those before voiced consonants begin near the a in father.

(And it doesn't matter that the t and the d are both reduced to the same tapped sound. The "decision" about which I to use is made before that reduction occurs.)

CJ
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They are different in parts of the following regions:
Canada
Upper Midwest
Martha's Vineyard
Southern Atlantic
Pacific Northwest
New England
Philadelphia
Fens in England
Southern US English -- although it's different: /a/ vs. /aI/

Other dialects, including Conservative General American, Southwest English, and the Midlands pronounce them the same.

In RP, they're distinguished by the "t" vs. "d", rather than by the vowel. I think Maritimer English does as well.
Ok, thank you very much.

I pronounce them the same, but I tend not to pronounce the "d" in "riding" like the "t" in "writing", I tend to pronounce that "d" more like a real "d" than a tapped "t".

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KooyeenHi,
what's the difference in pronunciation between "writing" and "riding"? I once heard that some people distinguish them by the first vowel.

Who distinguish them and how? Who doesn't?

Thanks Emotion: smile
Their pronunciations are same for me : ) From time to time my friends distinguish them. Have you tried the test which determines your accent, Kooyeen? I really wonder if you have North Central accent too ...
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Ville_maddengurl Have you tried the test which determines your accent, Kooyeen? I really wonder if you have North Central accent too ...
I took that test, I also posted the results (didn't you see my post? Emotion: stick out tongue)
Basically, Midland with a Western tendency.
Opss, sorry Kooyeen. I didnt pay attention before Emotion: embarrassed I have just seen your results [Y]