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 Elzinga email@example.com
"The strong craving for a simple formula
has been the undoing of linguists." - Edward Sapir