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

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Saturday, April 1, 2000, 19:16
At 1:02 pm +0200 31/3/00, BP Jonsson wrote:
>At 06:58 31.3.2000 +0100, Raymond Brown wrote: > >[khosa] >>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'. > >Since _Lluyd_ [sp?]
_llwyd_ in Welsh.
>became _Floyd_ in English
Yes, one version of the surname is Floyd, but by far the more common form is Lloyd /lOjd/. The anglo representation of the Welsh voiceless lateral fricative as /fl/ is IME quite obsolete. The forms I've heard during the past half-century from anglophones who haven't mastered the Welsh sound, but don't want to appear entirely ignorant and just say [l], are [Tl], [xl] (rare, and only by anglos who pronounce Bach as /bax/) and [kl].
>one would expect /klows@/ or >/klO:sa/ from the SAF Anglos. A lateral click certainly doesn't sound >/k/-ish to me!
Maybe not, but /k/ is certainly what I've heard. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================