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Re: x > f sound change

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, September 14, 2001, 5:24
At 1:05 pm +0200 13/9/01, BP Jonsson wrote:
>I've just got hands-on evidence that the /x/ > /f/ sound change as in >English _tough_ is a natural one:
..and the normal Brit way of pronouncing 'Van Goch' as "van Goff". Of course that may be in part influenced by the English surname 'Gough' /gQf/ - but that started its life as Welsh _goch_ /go:x/ :)
>In my dialect of Swedish the normal pronunciation of _garage_ is /ga"rA:x/, >but my son (who is 3 1/2 years old) says /ga"rA:f/ very >clearly.
Ah yes, proof indeed that anglophones have not been behaving unnaturally :) Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================


Damon M. Lord <lorddm@...>