"Norval" ... How do *you* pronounce it?

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 29 23:40:25 UTC 2009

Of course schwa @ doesn't quite work here.  Orville wouild be ~Orvool in truespel (
~vool rhyming with ~wool).  I would assume Norval would be pronounced ~Norvool if it rhymes with Orville.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+ 
see truespel.com phonetic spelling

> Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 09:57:06 -0400
> From: bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
> Subject: Re: "Norval" ... How do *you* pronounce it?
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> Poster: Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU>
> Subject: Re: "Norval" ... How do *you* pronounce it?
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> On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 2:31 AM, Wilson Gray<hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I got a note from Facebook telling me that Norval [Surname] had become
> > my Fb-friend. That reminded me of a grade-school classmate of mine
> > down home in Texas. His name was Norval Moore, pronounced
> > approximately [na:ve at l mo].
> The only place I've run across that name is in the great Preston
> Sturges movie "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" (1944). Eddie Bracken
> plays Norval Jones, who ends up posing as Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki to get
> his beloved Trudy Kockenlocker out of a jam... Anyway, I'm pretty sure
> it's pronounced ['nOrv at l] (rhymes with "Orville") in the film.
> --Ben Zimmer
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