Accents in Am. English

Peter Richardson prichard at LINFIELD.EDU
Tue Jun 13 19:56:31 UTC 2000

Andrea's minor rant could have included _forte_, which we're now
society-bound to pronounce for-tay, but which (gee--I hope I'm right about
this!) comes from something more like _fort_. Not only do we have an
implied accent on the final vowel, but the final vowel shouldn't even be
there in the first place.

Maybe this will put Andrea's dander back down where it belongs; all things
in perspective, m'love.

Peter R.

On Tue, 13 Jun 2000, A. Vine wrote:

> <agitated state>
> OK, There's an Irish guy on one of the lists who has got my dander up.  He is
> insisting that it is wrong to leave off the accents on words in Am. English.  I
> To this day I don't feel comfortable writing a cedilla.
Time to eat lunch: soupc,on...

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