foreign tongues

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Apr 3 15:31:59 UTC 2005

Those don't exist, naturally.


David Bergdahl <einstein at FROGNET.NET> wrote:
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Sender: American Dialect Society
Poster: David Bergdahl
Subject: foreign tongues

>"Van Gawff" also exists.

...but what of 'fun Hoe-ch' [where ch=velar fric] which is closer to the
Dutch pronunciation of van Gogh? Or 'lingerie' with the last syllable as
[ri] instead of [re]?

Any foreignization confers prestige; to counter it one must agree with
Churchill that foreign tongues were made for the mouths of Englishmen and
not Englishman for foriegn tongues.

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