[Ads-l] G. MacKay and Co.

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Wed Jun 1 05:39:14 UTC 2016

Somebody (I lost the reference) said that "MacKay" is pronounced /M@ KEYE/

Some time ago we had a discussion of how /oi/ can get transformed into /eye/, as in Camptown Races "Gwyne to run all night gwyne to run all day".  Perhaps we have the reverse phenomenon here, with /keye/ getting transformed into /koi/.

Incidentally, people from some areas in Eastern Europe when reading Hebrew transform certain vowels into /oi/.

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