You know when Forrest Gump yells Jenny's name and it sounds like "Jenneay". I'm wondering if there actually is a triphthong at the end there, of it is a figment of my imagination. I believe the phonetic transcription would be: /dʒɛnæɛɪ/ Is this correct?

Or perhaps the southern pronunciation ends on a much simpler diphthong?

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    Do you mean /y/ (the IPA symbol for a close, or high, front rounded vowel), or [j] (the IPA symbol for a palatal approximant/glide/semivowel)? – sumelic Aug 14 at 3:44
  • @sumelic I have no idea what that means, but I'll give an example of the sound I thought of: the last vowel in the word hey – A. Kvåle Aug 14 at 15:32
  • @A.Kvåle IPA /j/ is the first sound in the English word "yes", while IPA /y/ is the first sound in the German word über, or the last sound in the French word tu. – Draconis Aug 14 at 16:37
  • Oh, well of course I meant the IPA meaning of /y/ – A. Kvåle Aug 14 at 20:43
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    @A.Kvåle /eɪ/ is fine for the end of "hey", but it can be written /ej/ as well. (You certainly don't mean to use the IPA symbol /y/ anywhere — it's the sound in the French phrase « déjà vu ».) The second segment in the "ey" diphthong can be analyzed as a glide, hence /j/. But /ɪ/ is a standard and perfectly fine transcription too. Here's a good ELU answer exploring English diphthongs more fully. – Luke Sawczak Aug 16 at 3:28

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