SPORTS ON NY RADIO by David Halberstam; Encarta Dictionary

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Sep 22 19:16:59 UTC 1999

Don't be confused. Of course Spanish has a velar fricatrive. I'm trying to
figure out what the guy heard that made him say "hard." I doubt if it was
the Spanish sound. The English affricate sound was what I referred to.
Maybe he heard a Hispanic person say the affricate and was misled. But I
still suspect "hard" means the stop; then I guess we really don't know
what's up, unless the guy's Spanish is so bad that he thinks the affricate
is English and the stop is Spanish.


>In a message dated 9/21/1999 8:19:11 PM, preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU writes:
><< Yeah. But what did he hear (if anything) which made him say "hard _G_"? An
>earlier response suggested that the affricate might qualify as "hard" in
>English. Think so?
>dInIs >>
>I'm confused. Wouldn't the /g/ in the Spanish pronunciation be a velar
>FRICATIVE (not an affricate)? And wouldn't a velar sound like a "hard G" to
>an English-speaker? As opposed to the "soft G" of .e.g.,  WEDGEY (i.e., the
>English voiced affricate)?

Dennis R. Preston
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Michigan State University
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