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
>> 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
An voiceless, aspirated lateral click - and the /o/ is, of course. 'pure'.
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