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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"? Andreas 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. _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at