Pronunciation of "Lowth" (Was Re: Phonetic alphabets)

Alan Baragona abaragona at SPRYNET.COM
Wed Dec 8 03:02:53 UTC 2004

Since we're talking about pronunciation of Alamo hero and TV character Jim
Bowie versus rock star David Bowie, here's a similar phonetic question.  How
do you professional linguists pronounce the name of the 18th-century
prescriptive grammarian, Bishop Lowth?

Alan Baragona

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From: "Wilson Gray" <wilson.gray at RCN.COM>
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: Phonetic alphabets

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> James Bowie of knife fame was definitely a [bui]. Once upon a time,
> there was a TV adventure series based upon his life. The program had a
> theme song that began, "Jim [bui]! Jim [bui]! Jim [bui]!" The fraternal
> twins, Raymond and Rosemary Bowie, with whom I attended grade school in
> the '40's, were also [bui]. That is to say, it was once the case that
> *everybody* knew that "Bowie" was pronounced [bui].

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