[Ads-l] Heard on Unsolved Mysteries

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Aug 4 14:03:13 EDT 2017


> On Aug 4, 2017, at 1:46 PM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL> wrote:
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>> _Falcon_ pronounced as "fall-k'n" by Dennis Farina, the show's narrator.
>> It's been dekkids since I've heard that pronunciation from my lost youth.
>> It's probably at least archaic, if not fully obsolete.
>> 
>> -Wilson
> 
> Farina had such a strong Chicago accent, I'm surprised his pronunciation would overlap with yours.
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I have “fall-k’n” but that’s a learned pronunciation.  I grew up saying /falk at n/ as in “balcon(y)” but at some point someone convinced me (in print or in person) that people who knew more about falconry than I do (which is almost everyone) all say /fOlk at n/ as in “fall-k’n”.

LH, not from Chicago

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