[Ads-l] Porsche

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 12 16:36:36 EST 2022


My grandparents (from NYC in the 1880s) wouldn't dream of paying even $50
for a vase, but they always rhymed the word with "Roz."

And I still do. Sue me.

JL

On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 4:23 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> Or maybe the syllable count is correlated with whether you can afford one.
> (There is the precedent of "vase", which is sometimes claimed to be
> pronounced to rhyme with either "race" or "Roz" depending on whether it
> costs less or more than $100.)
>
> LH
>
> On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 1:34 PM Geoffrey Nathan <geoffnathan at wayne.edu>
> wrote:
>
> > I can't seem to find a searchable version of the Archives,
> > so I’ll just flat-out ask.
> >
> > Does anyone know whether there’s been
> > a study of whether 'Porsche' is pronounced as one or two syllables?
> > In a totally unrelated context a friend has suggested that
> > the pronunciations are correlated with whether you own one or not.
> > Does anyone have any insight on the question, or pointers to
> > work on the topic?
> >
> > Geoff
> >
> > Geoffrey S. Nathan
> > WSU Information Privacy Officer (Retired)
> > Emeritus Professor, Linguistics Program
> > https://clasprofiles.wayne.edu/profile/an6993
> > geoffnathan at wayne.edu
> >
> > Geoffrey S. Nathan
> > WSU Information Privacy Officer (Retired)
> > Emeritus Professor, Linguistics Program
> > https://clasprofiles.wayne.edu/profile/an6993
> > geoffnathan at wayne.edu
> >
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