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Re: Two seperate questions: Rhoticity/Topic-Comment

From:Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 10:59
On Mon, 11 Dec 2006 20:46:17 +0100, Steven Williams <feurieaux@...>

>Ha! This reminds me of a time I was talking with a >friend of mine, and he said /vierzig/ as ['fY6.tsIC]. >My mind analyzed the word as /fürzig/ — 'farty'? > >I had a good giggle when I finally figured it out. ;D
Round here you'd rather hear ["f96.ts)IC], though, whereas at home we have ["fI6.ts)IC]. It seems to be quite common up here in Brunswick to pronounce /I6/ as [96]. At home little children sometimes do that too, though: When I once went home from school I passed some little children. A girl talked about her daddy having had a [g@."h96n.6.SYt@.RUNk], which amused me very much: What she meant was "Gehirnerschütterung" (concussion), but what she said was "Gehörnerschütterung" (Gehörn = horns, as you could guess). Carsten