[Ads-l] RES: Porsche

Joan Swirsky 000011a0c0971b91-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Wed Jan 12 20:26:25 EST 2022


My son worked at a company that had Porsche as a client.  The client, Porsche, instructed personnel at my son’s employer to pronounce the company name with two syllables- Por-sche.  I suppose the pronunciation is the company’s prerogative.

Joan

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> On Jan 12, 2022, at 2:44 PM, David Daniel <dad at coarsecourses.com> wrote:
> There's no reason to say Porsch-ah in English. It's just snob appeal, to
> show you know how to pronounce it in German, indicating you are in the know.
> I had a cousin who did that. I used to needle him: "You insist on Porsch-ah
> but you don't bother to say Folksvagen. Why is that?"
> DAD
> 
> Enviada em: quarta-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2022 18:23
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> Assunto: Re: Porsche
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> Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> Subject:      Re: Porsche
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> 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=E2=80=99ll just flat-out ask.
>> 
>> Does anyone know whether there=E2=80=99s 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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