ADS-L Digest - 23 Dec 2008 to 24 Dec 2008 (#2008-359)

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Thu Dec 25 08:59:05 UTC 2008

I don't know about those examples. It seems they might be using
variations within their own language/dialect, so they really are using
the same pronunciations.

In any case, I'm pretty sure that it's an established fact that some
speakers make differentiations they cannot hear themselves. BB

On Dec 24, 2008, at 10:00 PM, Your Name wrote:

> In a message dated 12/25/2008 12:03:34 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> Native speakers are known to produce differences they cannot  hear
> Since it's  the Day itself, I have to say: Merry Christmas to one
> and all!
> Re: the above: are you referring to examples such as these I've
> observed:
> - a German boy alternately pronounces his name Sascha and Zascha
> - a Long Island native adds an R to the end of her own name, Freyda,
> so  at
> times she calls herself Freyder.
> Neither of them seems to hear anything different in the various ways
> they
> say their own names!  I've always thought maybe they were joking.
> Are you
> saying they really can't hear the differences?
> Rosemarie

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