Aaron E. Drews
aaron at LING.ED.AC.UK
Fri Jun 16 14:34:10 UTC 2000
> I'm a /deyt@/ user myself, but my mother told me this came up on
>"Who Wants to Be a Millionnaire" tonight, and the "correct" answer was
>given as /deyt@/, whereas she said she uses /daet@/, much to my surprise.
Being a pedant, I use /daet@/ because this is what I was told it is in Latin.
If there is variation in the word, can there be a "correct"
pronunciation, even if one has prescriptivist tendencies? Or is this
just another problem with "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"?
>There's a local software company here in Tucson which calls itself Beta
>Data. I've heard the /ae/ so rarely that it must be a declining minority
>usage (in the US, not Britain).
I can't take an informal survey. Everybody I know has been
influenced (contaminated?) by Star Trek.
Aaron E. Drews The University of Edinburgh
http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~aaron Departments of English Language and
aaron at ling.ed.ac.uk Theoretical & Applied Linguistics
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