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Re: CHAT: Hello

From:Thomas Leigh <thomas@...>
Date:Sunday, August 4, 2002, 11:41
Roger Mills wrote:

> You're right on the vowels I'm sure, and the [ew] rather than my [eu].
> I definitely heard a lot of friction, which makes it velar [x] or uvular > [X]. _h_ is glottal, classed as a continuant IIRC, and relatively > frictionless.
That's interesting -- I live in an area (Cape Cod, MA) with a lot of Brazilian immigrants, and also get 2 Brazilian channels on the satellite TV, and the only pronunciation I ever hear for initial/double r is [h] - like the English h. The only time I hear [x] is before a consonant -- e.g. in words like "normal", "quarta" -- and at the end of a word. And the latter is somewhat sporadic, as word-final r seems to like to disappear.
> Of course, I was in Brazil over 30 years ago, so things could well have > changed-- or may vary by region.
The latter must certainly be true, but I'd be curious to know about the former. I wonder how much the pronunciation of a language can evolve in 30 years. Regards Thomas