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sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Thu Jul 12 22:16:32 UTC 2007

>Thanks, Ben. Oh, by " ... rare outside Semitic languages," do you
>really mean,, " ... hard as hell for a speaker of a European language
>to learn to pronounce?" :-) BTW, are you old enough to remember when
>"Saud(i)" was pronounced "Sah ood(ee)," with a glottal onset, if not
>quite with a glottal stop, and not "Sawd(ee)"?
This reminds me of another pronunciation shift:  Seoul (So. Korea), during
the Korean War (uh, "police action"), was regularly pronounced  "sool."  I
don't know when it shifted to "sole" (or "soul"), or which, if either,
corresponds better to Korean.

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