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>
>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.
A mind which thinks at its own expense
will always interfere with language.
[J.G. Hamann 1760]