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Oh, aye! (was: Wofir aka The Whorf-Sapir Hypothesis)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Saturday, September 9, 2000, 11:09
At 12:55 pm -0500 8/9/00, Thomas R. Wier wrote:
>Yoon Ha Lee wrote: > >> On Fri, 8 Sep 2000, H. S. Teoh wrote: >> >> > On Fri, Sep 08, 2000 at 06:57:23AM +0100, Raymond Brown wrote: >> > [snip] >> > > e.g. drop the {h} in spelling? Wouldn't a portmanteauization >> > [snip] ^^^^ >> > >> > Hey!! a tetraphthong! :-P >> >> Don't we wish. French seems to be chock full of multiple vowels that >> sound, to my ear, like single-thongs or diphthongs at best, like l'eau. > >Oh, they are. <eau> is the monophthong /o/,
Precisely, tho when anglophones speak French it may get perverted into a diphthong - ach!!
>although it does descend >from a triphthong pronounced like the spelling.
Yep - but that was sometime before the 13th cent. IIRC
>French has one of the >most conservative orthographies of any European language, along with >Greek and, of course, English. :)
...and, unlike either English or Greek, continues to write a whole lot of grammatical endings that fell silent centuries ago ;) ------------------------------------------------------------------- At 10:12 am -0400 8/9/00, H. S. Teoh wrote: [....]
>Hehe, I know it can't be a tetraphthong... at most it'd be a triphthong >eau + a monosyllable i
In all varieties of English, it's two syllables, therefore can't be a tetraphthong even if such a beast is possible (which I think it is not). In most varieties of English it is one diphthong, followed by another diphthong. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================