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

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat May 22 19:00:29 UTC 2010

And EYE-talian (Italian) as Thomas Edison said in one of his first recordings.  And he was serious, I assume.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+
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> Poster: victor steinbok
> Subject: Re: Heard on [adult swim]: "Japan"> [dZei p&n]
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> This must go well with EYE-RAN and EYE-RACK (double-stressed).
> VS-)
> On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 1:41 PM, Benjamin Zimmer
> 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 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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