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Re: CHAT: barbarisms (was: CHAT: Being both theologically correct and properly modern)

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Monday, May 14, 2001, 15:23
On Mon, 14 May 2001, BP Jonsson wrote:

> At 08:22 2001-05-13 -0600, dirk elzinga wrote: > > >My surname is most often pronounced with stress on the > >penultima, [El.'ziN.g@] rather than with native Frisian initial > >syllable stress: ['El.ziN.Xa]. The English accentuation fits the > >"Latinate" pattern, but "Elzinga" is certainly not a name taken > >from Classical Antiquity. > > Which pronunciation do you use yourself?
When I was in the Netherlands, I used the Frisian/Dutch pronunciation (of course!). Here, I use the Anglicized ['El.'ziN.g@] since I find that people are too disconcerted to hear: 1) initial stress on a word of more than two syllables which ends in a vowel, and 2) the Dutch velar fricative. Some people do give the name initial stress ['El.ziN.g@], but the final vowel annoyingly often becomes a syllabic /r/ (!). Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga "The strong craving for a simple formula has been the undoing of linguists." - Edward Sapir


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