Questions about vowels in English.

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Words Listed by Vowel Sound

I'm working on a libretto for a vocal composition which makes use of vowel formants. It's important that all of the singers can produce exactly the same vowel sound, so I'm using IPA symbols. I'm ...
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Do some Americans, especially among young adult women, pronounce /e/ as /æ/?

I am not sure if it is just me. I hear young adult American women pronounce /e/ as /æ/. For example, the word "messenger" should be pronounce as /mesɪndʒər/. But I hear /mæsɪndʒər/. I observe less or ...