Italian as a "Pure" Language

Brent J. Ermlick brent at
Thu Apr 5 10:10:45 UTC 2001

On Mon, Apr 02, 2001 at 02:46:29PM -0500, David L. White wrote:
	. . .
> dialects of the Po Valley, and French, Spanich, and Portugese.)   I cannot
> off the top of my head think of any examples from English, and perhaps the
> problem is not significant after all, but it would arise if a word was
> spelled in a way appropriate to the pronunciation of one dialect, but
> pronounced as in another.  A great deal of dialect mixture went into the

One example would be pronunciation of the word "one" that has been
borrowed from a southern dialect (I forget which one) in which the
Middle English long "a" became [w@].

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