Stress patterns on words spelled with final <el>
HSTAHLKE at GW.BSU.EDU
Mon Aug 28 17:10:30 UTC 2000
In one of James Garner's lesser performances, the Hallmark TV
movie Decoration Day, there is a southern character named Wendell,
and it's always [wen'del]. Of course, everyone in the film,
Garner included, has a studied southern accent.
>>> laurence.horn at YALE.EDU 08/27/00 11:53PM >>>
Well, he could have anglicized it to Almondtree, but then
would have had to decide whether or not to pronounce the L.
Curiously, I've only ever heard the geneticist Gregory Mendel's
pronounced 'mEn.dL, but maybe everyone knows he was Austrian or
whatever. I'm not sure the double-LL really helps either. The
have a relief pitcher named Turk Wendell and I've heard it
with each stress pattern about half the time. (I think he
pronounces it to rhyme with Mendel.) On the other hand, the
name of the linguist Bill Cantrell is always pronounced with
stress, possibly even by himself.
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