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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^)> -- (delete X!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ No man forgets his original trade: the rights of nations and of kings sink into questions of grammar, if grammarians discuss them. -Dr. Samuel Johnson (1707 - 1784)


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