Re: Name barbarisms
|From:||Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 17, 2001, 16:38|
Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
>On Wed, 16 May 2001, Nik Taylor wrote:
> > Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
> > > As for her middle name Kyung...<shaking head>
> > That actually seems pretty easy to me, assuming the pronunciation is
> > something like /kjuN/, tho I could see how people might pronounce it
> > /kjVN/. Were there other mispronunciations?
>It's more like /gjVN/. I have no idea why it's so difficult. /kjuN/ and
>/kjVN/ are the most common variants I hear. I can't seem to get my
>boyfriend to soften the /k/ to a /g/. <shrug> Then again, I'm lousy at
>pronouncing non-Korean names, so....
"Soften"? Does this mean that this /g/-sound is actually a lenis voiceless
consonant, or is "softened" ="voiced"?
PS I remain mystified that many Americans seem to have trouble telling [V]
and [@] apart - to me, a non-native speaker of English, they seem quite
different. My ears/brain tend to register them as /a/ and /E/ repspectively,
and when I speak English I tend to render them as [a] and [@]. Not that I
meet native speakers often, but as yet nobody's complained about it either.
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