Heard on [adult swim]: "Japan" > [dZei p&n]

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 22 18:37:39 UTC 2010

This must go well with EYE-RAN and EYE-RACK (double-stressed).


On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 1:41 PM, Benjamin Zimmer
<bgzimmer at babel.ling.upenn.edu> wrote:
> Cf. also "JAY-pan fan" as sung by June Carter in "Jackson"...
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0512B&L=ADS-L&P=R5050
> On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 1:04 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Spoken by a Squidbilly, according to the story line, a native of the
>> North-Georgia hill country:
>> "Sushi? That's made over yonder in JAY-pan."
>> The only other time that I've heard "Japan" pronounced this way, it
>> was spoken by a step-relative of mine from Wake County, NC.
>> No, I'm not assuming that someone playing the voice of a cartoon
>> character is truly a representative speaker of any real local dialect
>> of Georgia. But, I'm just saying, you know? This isn't the first time
>> that I've heard _Japan_ pronounced as "JAY-pan" and, the other time,
>> the speaker really *was* a genuine local yokel in his home county.

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