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See also: Graham
Named after Sylvester Graham.
- IPA(key): /ˈɡreɪ.əm/, /ˈɡreəm/
- also (GenAm) IPA(key): /ɡræm/
- Homophones: gram, gramme (GenAm)
- The General American pronunciation of graham has merged with that of gram, because of æ-tensing. In many cases, the vowel has not actually flattened, but æ-tensing has caused many /æ/ vowels (including in graham) to tense to the phoneme [eə]. Sometimes this vowel is pronounced as a true [æ] anyway, because speakers interpret the -aha- in graham as a /æ/ phoneme due to conventional allophony. See also mayonnaise, where æ-tensing has a similar effect.