Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Mon Apr 4 17:06:32 UTC 2005

On Apr 4, 2005, at 9:19 AM, FRITZ JUENGLING wrote:

> Although I agree with your message, I have issue with your statement
> about 'Kant'.  How DO English speakers pronounce it? I have never
> heard anything but [kahnt], i.e. the German pronunciation in English.
> Am I out of my mind, or is there another pronunciation of which I am
> unaware?  (I see that the AHD also gives a rhyme with 'ant', but I
> have never heard that)

i cite the immortal anthem of the australian philosophy department, as
recorded by Monty Python:

Immanuel Kant was a real pissant who was very rarely stable,
Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar who could think you under the

definitely the "ash" vowel...

this in a context where pronouncing the name "correctly", i.e. more or
less as in german (at least as far as vowel quality goes), rather than
as a good honest english word, would be "putting on airs", acting
superior, etc.


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