Re: Real language questions
|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Monday, October 8, 2001, 4:40|
>Ciege Engine wrote:
>> [Im needing this information for school spelling team.
>> help is most appreciated!]
>> 1. How can the word protozoon be pronounced
Or did you have in mind proh-toe-zoon? (rhyme with moon)? (a) it's a learned
compound of Greek words; and as everyone ;-) ought to know, zoon was 2
syllables (b) it's sometimes written with a dieresis over one of the o's, I
forget which-- protozöon or protozoön (probably the latter). Like coöperate
or reënter, though that's a little old fashioned.....
Another one for the team: dieresis is also spelled diaeresis.
Otherwise Nik's reply has it right.
>Presumably by analogy with other -an/-on words. Final -an or -on tend
>to be pronounced with a schwa. Actually, unstressed vowels in general
>have a tendency to become schwa ESPECIALLY in final syllables, so if one
>pronounces that word as four syllables, it's pretty much inevitable that
>the second part will be schwa.
>> 2. Why did modern englih drop the pronounced -ed
>We did? :-) We never dropped the -ed, just the vowel. :-) Well, some
>speakers do drop the /d/, too. But at any rate, it's because it was
>unstressed, the vowel became /@/, just like in rapid speech, people tend
>to say /plis/ for "police"
Still survives in poetry (sometimes) and a few more or less commonly used
forms-- learned (see above!), beloved, accursed. Again, a little old