"The Battle [and bottle] of Bataan"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 14 17:52:23 UTC 2013

On Jan 14, 2013, at 12:42 PM, Charles C Doyle wrote:

> I notice, to my surprise, that some dictionaries (e.g. M-W 9th Collegiate) now show [neesh] as a variant pronunciation of "niche."
> Regarding the name "Gandhi":  Hasn't the pronunciation with ash been most common in Britain (and perhaps India),

as in "Gandhi-dancer"?

> with "aa" widely heard among Americans (trying to out-Brit the British?)?

Not sure about out-Britting the Brits; they're much more likely to nativize "pasta" to rhyme with "Rasta" or "Shasta" than we are.  (I think /paest@/ might also be used in Canada?)

Then there are place names like "Colorado" and "Nevada", where locals are more likely to domesticate the stressed vowel to ash than easterners are.


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