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Re: For a change, Russian pronunciation

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, November 25, 2002, 5:14
Peter Clark scripsit:

> > My teacher called that "yeri" or "yer[self-referrential-thingie]", accent > > on the second syllable. I can't recall ever having seen the word written, > > though. > > I've only heard it called "y" (/1/), which would make sense, since all of the > vowels in Russian are named by their sounds. Perhaps it's an old slavonic > name, similar to "az" and "buka"?
The old names of the hard sign and the soft sign were "big yer" and "little yer". The name "yeri" is quite literally yer + i, the old iota that is no longer used in Russian since 1917. -- Evolutionary psychology is the theory John Cowan that men are nothing but horn-dogs, and that women only want them for their money. --Susan McCarthy (adapted)