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Re: Latin vowel inventory

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2003, 21:27
Quoting Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>:

> Quoting Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>: > > > The less common diphthongs oe and eu are best pronounced as they are > > written (o+e, e+u). In 'cui', 'hui' the ui is to be pronounced as a > > dipthong, somewhat as in 'ruinous'; but 'qui:' is [kwi:]. > > I have three syllables in "ruinous", and like to think that I in this mimic > most nativers I've heard. And I've heard Americans complain about Tolkien > describing the Quendian diphthong /ui/ as like the _ui_ in "ruin", despite > the later not being a diphthong. > > So, is there some (obsolete?) variety of English English that have a > monosyllabic pronunciation of "ruin", or have I, due to people like the > abovementioned Americans, acquired an unusual pronunciation here?
No, you are correct. Again, it's just a dumbing down, this time on the part of Tolkien, to reach an audience essentially ignorant of phonetics. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637