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Re: YAEPT Re: OE diphthongs/breaking (was: Re: Germanic vowel correspondences

From:ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 23, 2008, 2:00
Mark Reed wrote:
>On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 9:25 PM, Tristan McLeay <conlang@...> >wrote: > > (On the other hand I seem to recall some surprise when I realised > > Eeyore's had a y in it. Real donkeys have a glottal stop in the middle > > of their sound. > >Real donkeys may invariably have the glottal stop, but I've heard the >"animal sound" both ways. > > > I gather that the r at the end is what confuses/makes it > > less transparent to rhotic Americans, though. > >Completely opaque to rhotic Americans, in my experience, until either >it's pointed out to us or we get enough experience with non-rhotic >dialects that it just clicks. The latter happened with me; it was >quite an epiphany. "Hey! Eeyore's name is THE SOUND A DONKEY >MAKES!!!" >
Until this thread, it had never occurred to me that Eeyore was Brit for Hee-Haw. Something new every day !!!!