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skiing in Skien? (wase: RV: Old English)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, March 31, 2000, 5:38
At 1:48 pm -0500 30/3/00, Doug Ball wrote:
>>Sally Caves wrote: >> >> BP Jonsson wrote: >> >>> Agree. How would you Anglos pronounce Skien, BTW? >> >> "skane," i.e. /sken/, and it's spelled "skein"! <G> >> >> Sally >> >> >> >I'm thinking that the town Skien in Norway is meant, not the word "skein."
Yes, that's what Philip was asking about. My immediate response was /'ski:@n/. I think the others who responded with /ski:n/ are likely to be a majority. Most anglos, I'm sure, would be guided (unconsciously) by 'ski' /'ski:/. I remember a few - very few - pedantic old-timers when I was young (forty or so years back) still pronouncing it as /'Si:/. But I've not heard that pronunciation in English since the 1950s. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================