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Re: "Roumant", or whatever it may be called. Part V

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, November 27, 2000, 14:47
En réponse à Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>:

> > `Stachelrochen' ['Staxl=,ROxn=] isn't that nice? > > (How do you write syllabic consonants as ASCII? I put a = behind.) >
I think that's the common way to do it.
> But I like Dutch, too. It is very funny when you are used to German. > I don't think Dutch is softer: have you heard a Dutsch from the north > (e.g. Groningen) say `Geef me en goede gids over gevels een grachten?' > ['xe:f m@ @n 'xu:j@ 'xIts ov@x 'xe:vl=s En 'xRaxt@(n)]? > > [xR] is a *very* strange and nice initial. :-) >
:) I should have been more explicit. Dutch is such a group of different-sounding dialects... I was talking about the Southern Dutch (the one of my boyfriend) which has [G] (voiced velar fricative) instead of [x], and [*] (voiced alveolar flap) instead of [R]. Much softer isn't it? And then <gr> has become [G*], still strange but much softer :) . For Southern Dutch ears, Northern Dutch sounds extremely harsh, German-like (those are the words of my boyfriend, not mine). Still, he claims to find German beatiful. I wonder where he finds it... Christophe.