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Re: Sibilants (was: Re: 'out-' affix in conlangs?)

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Friday, August 15, 2008, 18:52
> Eugene Oh wrote: >> Indeed, many German learners around me are unable to get <ich> pronounced >> correctly, and end up sounding like they're saying "isch". Which >> pronunciation they probably adopted to ease the transition between being >> unable to pronounce the sound and doing it like the natives. >> > Not to start YAGPT... but it's been my imperfect understanding that [IS] > for "ich" is typical of Berlin accent (or is it Vienna???) (I have an > old LP of Lotte Lenya singing songs of Brecht/Weill, and I'm pretty sure > she says [IS], of course, it might be the quality of the > recording........) Still, it doesn't excuse learners' > mishearings/mistakes :-)))) >
I suspect that the Low German dialect which formed the substrate of the "High" German Berlin dialect lacked [C].