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genre (was: Woody or tinny?)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Monday, May 21, 2001, 5:35
At 2:21 pm -0400 19/5/01, Oskar Gudlaugsson wrote:
> >As for "genre", I hate it because a) it's one of the few, if not the only, >word with an initial /Z/, and b) because it has an /nr/ combination, which
It does have initial /Z/, but not /nr/, please! The word is /Za~R/ - not an unpleasant IMHO. But the original complaint IIRC was about the varying American pronunciations (Brit ones are also odd). I can well imagine that [nr] may well appear in them. But then, surely, initial /dZ/ must also occur? Here one hears horrors like /ZQnr@/ and /dZQnr@/. Sometimes there's attempt at a nasal vowel - but it's almost invariably [Q~] and not the French [a~] - most of my fellow countrymen, I regret, habitually fail to distinguish between the French _en_ and _on_. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================


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