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Ethiopia et al. (was NATLANGS: What's that writing system?)

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Monday, July 10, 2006, 18:42
Mark J. Reed wrote:

> On 7/10/06, Philip Newton <philip.newton@...> wrote: > > And they say "Echiopia de wa", or roughly, "In Ethiopia, ..." > > ...and "chi" is phonemically "ti". And the Ethiopians I know refer to > it as something like /i:'tjo.pi.ja/. So why does it have a /T/ in > English?
Latin had aethiop/s, -is, adj. "Ethiopian" (my little dict. adds "fig., stupid" but let that pass). Most likely adapted from Greek... ??ai(th)io:ps?? IIRC that simply referred to (black?) Africans in general. (Wikipedia says: "derived from Greek terms meaning "of burnt (αιθ-) visage (ὄψ)". However, this etymology is disputed.")
> Is that a spelling pronunciation, like the way we used to > pronounce "Neanderthal"....
and (many) still do...
> before we were edjumacated as to the proper > French pronunciation?
German, I do believe (see also Wikipedia); but same difference. Pronouncing foreign names correctly seems to raise eyebrows in certain American circles (even worldly, well-educated ones). I've been blasted for referring to [ke'bEk]; back in the 80s SNL did a good skit on newscasters going into contortions to get [nika'ragwa] and other Hispanic names right. And we'll always have ['p_hEr\@s]. And try to avoid Mr. Featherstonehaugh and the Marquess of Cholmondeley :-))))


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
R A Brown <ray@...>