Matthew Gordon GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU
Thu Sep 26 18:11:56 UTC 2002

I don't know if Frenchification is the unmarked approach in all cases. I
remember a news report (probably NPR) about a Russian leader who was at his
'dacha' where in place of the Russian affricate a velar fricative was used - a
pronunciation I took to be Deutchified (in the American Tongues sense). Granted
this is not a word that looks French, but I wonder if there's some popular
perception of German/Russian linguistic similarity.
Can anyone think of other hyperforeignized Russian examples?

"Dennis R. Preston" wrote:

> Frenchification (as the unmarked "foreign" pronunciation) is also a
> good MA thesis (which I have never seen). I'm always amazed to hear
> Hungarian words (with their stress unfailingly on the first syllable)
> rendered with a French stress (on the end, of all places!). I have
> even head classical announcers deliver barTOK and koDALY, made even
> funnier by their almost correct rendition fo the -daly syllable.

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