[Ads-l] Albanians

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Feb 19 19:18:46 UTC 2015


The town name of Albany GA is often pronounced, by Georgians, with the the second syllable stressed: [bI].  The [l] in the first syllable is, of course, optional.

[bI]--that's an upper case i.

[l]--that's a lower case L.  

Damn these non-Times-Roman fonts!

Charlie

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Subject:      Re: Albanians
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My grandmother (b. 1888) once questioned my pronunciation of  " 'Awlbany."
She thought it "used to be" "Awl 'bayny."

I could never figure this out. Maybe she had heard "Albanians" and
"Awlbayny" in the 1890s.

JL


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