Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 17 20:28:49 UTC 2002

On Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at 10:51  AM, Lynne Murphy wrote:

> --On Wednesday, April 17, 2002 10:50 am -0400 Benjamin Fortson
> <fortson at FAS.HARVARD.EDU> wrote:
>> I've never heard Basque pronounced with a back vowel, myself. I've always
>> pronounced it as [baesk], as has every linguist and non-linguist that I'
>> ve
>> ever heard say it...
> I'm starting to think I'm crazy then, although the Basque scholar here and
> I are both from Western NY.  Perhaps it's local to that area?

How far west? How close to Canada? Could your pronunciation have been
influenced by people who thought of /ae/ in foreign words as a Canadian
pronunciation and who, therefore, wished to avoid it?
Alice Faber
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