Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Apr 18 02:19:48 UTC 2002

At 3:51 PM +0100 4/17/02, 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?

In the linguistics department of the University of Rochester (not far
from your bailiwick, Lynne) between 1963 and 1966, it was always
pronounced [baesk].  (I wrote a couple of papers on it, and remember
giving one orally, and I'm quite sure I would have remembered a back
vowel if I'd heard one.)  I think it's the -sk cluster that does it;
in other environments, I do the "foreign" or hyperforeign back vowel
even when (as in "Sadd/a/m") I've heard that the front one would be
closer to the target.  I hope I'm not committed to saying you should
be committed...


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