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Re: Spelling

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, July 8, 2002, 6:27
En réponse à Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>:

> > This had me laughing out loud :) > I especially like "hbiirh" for [Dix_j] ! >
Well, this is the perfectly regular construct form of |biirh| [bIx_j]: dog, made by adding a |h| in front of the first letter of the word. But of course, since Maggel speakers are unlike anybody else, they pronounce the digraph |hb| as [D] :)) . I'd guess some time ago they pronounced it [v] but it retracted somewhat (the opposite change from the common Cockney [T]->[f] sound change). Whether it's plausible is besides the point ;)))) . Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.