Goethe (was: Which and Falaqa)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 6 16:31:52 UTC 2002

At 8:40 AM -0500 12/6/02, Thom Harrison wrote:
>I've known people of the name Goethe and the similar Goette in the
>southeastern U. S. who pronounced their names, respectively, "Gertie" and
>Thom Harrison
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Fritz Juengling [mailto:Friolly at AOL.COM]
>Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 9:36 PM
>Subject: Re: Goethe (was: Which and Falaqa)
>I always cringe when I hear 'gur-tuh.'  The vowel of 'good' I think is a
>enough approximation for an English speaker.  I have also heard 'Getty.'

If the speaker pronounces the first syllable like "good" without the
"d" and the second syllable like the "tuh" of "tomorrow" or "to me"
(instead of with the usual flap), it comes pretty close.


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