Re: English diglossia (was Re: retroflex consonants)
|From:||BP Jonsson <bpj@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, February 6, 2003, 17:58|
At 14:22 2.2.2003 -0500, John Cowan wrote:
> > What IS the pronunciation is your family name? It just occured to me that
> > I've been thinking of it as ['kOvan] for years, which can't possibly be
> > right. ['kaU@n]?
>Yes, since my father's time. I meant to write that above, but forgot to.
>"Cowan as in cow", is what I tell people who mispronounce it "Cohen", and
>they are legion.
I still think you should spell it _Coughan_. :-)
Then at least people would stop to ask for the right pronunciation!
/ B.Philip Jonsson B^)>
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