Strictly a pronunciation question

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Jan 20 05:11:35 UTC 2001

At 10:11 PM -0800 1/19/01, Kim & Rima McKinzey wrote:
>Have you been following the transatlantic adoption mess?  If not,
>there are twin girls who were given up for adoption by their birth
>mother.  A couple in California adopted them after paying $6000 with
>a promise of another $2500 when they had it.  After having the girls
>for a little while, the birth mother came to visit and supposedly to
>say goodby.  She took them and never returned.  Turns out she then
>gave them to a British couple who paid $12,200.  Definitely a lousy
>However, the articles have said that the California couple named the
>6 month old girls Kiara and Keyara.  How do you pronounce these???
>At first glance they would seem to be identical, but maybe one has an
>i macron in first syllable and the other an e macron?  Maybe one has
>an ash as second vowel and the other a broad a?
Strictly a pronunciation question my foot--this is prima facie
evidence for a judgment in favor of the British couple.


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