[Ads-l] old pronunciation of "Los Angeles"

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 15 02:34:29 UTC 2017

Speaking of Angela Merkel with a hard-g ...
     Hard-g in angel-word avoidance tendency (aka HGAWAT)
     Meghan McCain just said:  Angela ['ɑnhεlə] Merkel
(HYPER-HISPANICISM!?!); co-hosting The Five, FOX News Today July 14, 2017
     Btw, is it mere coincidence that <Los Angeles> [dzh] rhymes with <The
Angelus>?  <Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ ...> (Catholic devotion
commemorating the Incarnation); "The Angelus" (1859), Jean-François Millet:
de rigueur in Catholic school art curricula. Spread of Italianate Latin
soft [dzh] at expense of Germanic Protestant hard [g]; later wave of
Hispanic velar spirant [x] > [h]. A phonological melting pot. Alphabet soup.

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