dialects and languages

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 26 19:13:59 UTC 2008

> Yogh to me resembles a three a little bit flattened above
> And sound denotes so low in the throat as only the Dutch could love

--- from Cat Faber's song "Yogh and Ash and
which is about historical change in English and the Great Vowel Shift.

On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 11:24 AM, Dennis Preston <preston at msu.edu> wrote:

> GAT,
> You have obviously not heard the captain announce (on KLM) that we
> are approaching Schiphol (Amsterdam) airport. When I am in Amsterdam
> in a few weeks I will tell Dutch friends (only close ones of course)
> about the cat's hairball fricative; I know they will like it (they
> are all linguists).
> dInIs
> PS: My Eudora spell-checker doesn't like "hairball"!

I don't like 'em either. Most of them around my house are from my son's
laundry, not my cat's stomach.

Mark Mandel

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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