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From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Monday, June 10, 2002, 7:01
 --- Christophe wrote:

> There is an equivalent problem in Dutch, where normally [N] appears only > finally, like in the word |koning| /'koniN/: king. Unfortunately, they happen > to have a queen: |koningin| /' (yep, the dot marks the supposed > syllable break), and this word is especially difficult to pronounce for many > Dutch people (I even saw a report only about that on TV, to tell you how > important it is :)) ). When I hear Dutch people using this word (which is not > unfrequent :)) ), they often stumble upon it and have to pronounce it twice, > and the actual pronunciation vary widely between people :)) . I myself > pronounce it simply [koniNin], but that's because I trained myself to > pronounce initial [N] :) .
To be honest, I have never noticed any such problem. It's true that we once had a politician who had a tendency toward a very strange pronunciation of certain Dutch words; he used to say "kannegin". But it seems to me, that if one can pronounce [N] in the middle of a word, (s)he can pronounce it at its beginning as well. Perhaps this is a southern problem as well? (Gosh, it seems that those Brabanders and Limburgers really have a problem pronouncing their own language :))) ) Or is it just that some people might find it hard to pronounce a [N] between two [n]'s? Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>