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Hyperforeignisms and multiple internalized phonologies (was Re: Pe: Linguistic Terminology)

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 5, 1999, 8:49
Nik Taylor wrote:

> Tom Wier wrote: > > Actually, from the research I have done, and from what I have read, > > many English speakers actually have two distinct phonologies, one > > for native lexical items and one for foreign loans. The proof of thi=
> > comes in the form of hyperforeignisms in which speakers apply > > certain rules which they perceive to be characteristic of other > > languages. > > Hmm ... interesting. There's a store around here, I don't know if it > exists where you are, called "Target", which many people sort of > "foreignize" as /tar'Zej/ rather than the normal /'tar.gIt/
Yeah, that's a common jocular form of the store here too, but strictly speaking, such playful alloforms of words do not really constitute hyperforeignisms, or rather, do not show that English speakers subconscio= usly apply regular rules to foreign loan terms anymore than Johnathan Winters' routine about taking out the /gar'baZ/ "garbage" does. What this writer meant was such forms as the English pronunciation of "lengerie" as /lA~Z@rei/, which is one of many example where many English speakers simply apply what they think is the right French form and totally miss the mark (the French form is, I believe, /lE~ZE'Ri/) -- they think that any nasal vowel will be /A~/ or something like it. (Not to mention the fact that in this instance they have also confused it with such familiar French words as "libert=E9, egalit=E9, fraternit=E9= ", where not only is vowel height wrong (it should be /i/, not /E/), but the tenseness is, too (it's even wrong when they pronounce /E/ as /ei/ -- most English dialects can't have lax vowels like /E/ word finally) =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D Tom Wier <twier@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." "Only the educated are free." - Epictetus =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D