Normal people vs. us; ugliness in Illinois

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Sep 15 14:51:04 UTC 2002

At 9:39 AM -0400 9/15/02, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
>>PS: Have we discussed the difficult-to-say (and certainly more
>>recent) "Urbana-Champaign" as opposed to the easily pronounced
>>"Champaign-Urbana")?  Both stress patterns (the more irregular xXxxX
>>versus the lovely xXxXx) and weight (two syllables before three
>>rather than three before two) militate against the ugly
>Both of these combinations were conventional when I lived there (early
>1970's). But my favorite was the infrequently encountered but relatively
>beautiful "Chambanana" (like "sham banana").
I also recall simple "Shambana", which I figured alternated with "Ur-pain".


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