[Ads-l] Fun with 'x' in 'xe,' 'Chl=?utf-8?Q?=C3=B6e=2C'_?=etc.

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon May 11 20:22:07 UTC 2015

> On May 11, 2015, at 3:56 PM, GUY LETOURNEAU Owner <guy1656 at CENTURYLINK.NET> wrote:
> Definitely time to pull out some lesser-used consonant noises for these...
> When I want to be a bit silly, I sometimes sound the name 'Chlöe' as a single-syllable thing starting with a voiceless velar fricative (as in 'loch') and continuing like 'löess' but with the German umlaut value for the ö. It sounds like a cough forced through a length of corrugated plastic hose.

Ah, but that's why it's usually Chloë (with diaeresis) rather than Chlöe (with umlaut); i believe we had a thread on that many a year ago.  I do like /xlOE/-rhymes-with-feu, though

> -GLL
>> Can someone define, and provide etymology and pronunciation guides?
> I'm hoping the "x" in the first group has the same value it has in the =
> Xhosa consonantal inventory, as a lateral click (more or less the sound =
> an equestrian makes to render "giddy-up").
> Safe prediction: These options will ultimately end up as three more =
> versions of what Dennis Baron calls "The Word That Failed"
> --LH, who's perfectly happy with they/them/their (unmarked for number)
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