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Re: USAGE: XH etc. (was: RE: RV: Old English)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, March 31, 2000, 5:58
At 3:40 am +0100 31/3/00, And Rosta wrote:
>> Carlos Thompson wrote: >> >> > xh (only one word: xhosa) >> >> Good heavens, is there a standard Swedish way to pronounce "Xhosa"? I >>greatly >> doubt there is a standard English way to pronounce it?
> >"Xhosa" = /k@Us@/ and /h@Us@/ on BBC; I myself am unsure how to pronounce >it in either English or Xhosa -
All the S.African anglophones I've met pronounce it /'kous@/ or /'ko:s@/. Chambers Dictionary gives /'kous@/ or /'kouz@/.
>I've a vague idea it starts with some kind >of lateral click, but expect to be enlightened by responses to this >message.
An voiceless, aspirated lateral click - and the /o/ is, of course. 'pure'. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================