[Ads-l] "Downsight"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 30 03:46:07 UTC 2014

On Dec 29, 2014, at 9:48 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> On Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
>> the /'laiz@/s I've met spell it "Liza".
> How else might they spell it? Well, "Lyza," "Lieza," etc., I guess.

Ah, I was omitting the possibility of a /'li:z@/ spelled "Lisa".  I haven't encountered that, just Liza (rhymes with "tries a") and Lisa (rhymes with "piece a"), but I suppose voiced versions of "Lisa" must exist (rhyming with a "Pisa", or a non-rhotic "geezer").  


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