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Re: the i-language

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Monday, July 10, 2000, 2:39
On Thu, 6 Jul 2000 12:56:48 +0200, Christophe Grandsire
<Christophe.Grandsire@...> wrote:

>At 19:36 05/07/00 +0200, you wrote: >>Hello y'all/[jau]/you guys/etc. >> >>In Swedish (and probably most European languages) there is a >>game called _i-språket_ or rather _i-sprikit_ 'the i-language', >>when you change all the vowels to /i/. Thee riseelt is finny, >>bit yee still indeersteend ivrything thit is sid. >> > >We have it in French too, but it's not considered a game. It's the way >French people caricature French-speaking Arabs, who are supposed to change >all the vowels to /i/.
I heard a song on the radio once that went something like "All I want is a proper cup of coffee, made in a proper copper coffee pot", and so on (sung a little bit faster each time). Anyway, in one verse, which was supposed to have been an imitation of a French speaker, all the stressed vowels were pronounced alike. So it went something like "Ell eh went es a prepper kep of keffee, med en a prepper kepper keffee pet...." (if you can imagine this in a fake French accent.) -- languages of Azir------> -<>- hmiller (Herman Miller) "If all Printers were determin'd not to print any email password: thing till they were sure it would offend no body, \ "Subject: teamouse" / there would be very little printed." -Ben Franklin