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Re Robot

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 18:14
I just replied to a question from Muke Tever,
which I thought was going to the entire list.
Turns out, that the question was sent to me off-list .
Sorry about that.  :-( But considering that in ending
my reply, I asked a question of the entire list,
I'd like to repost it to the list. (Hope it's ok with
you, Muke.)

On 12 Sept, Muke Tever wrote:

>Surely you wouldn't use the same vowel in the abbreviated form <bot> ? >(<bot> -- affectionate term for robot ? la MST3K, or animate computer >program as opposed to mobile hardware)
Actually, my first reaction was to pronounce it, Hebrew-style: /bot/. Upon reflection, if pressed to do it in an "English" style (whatever that is), I'd probably say /bat/. I still can't come to terms with the way I've heard Americans pronounce DOS,( = /das/). I first met up with the venerable operating system here in Israel, where it is pronounced, in Hebrew, /dos/. I seem to have adopted that pronounciation, even when I am speaking English; even when I know that no English-speaking person will pronounce it that way. After all, it's short for "Disk /a/-perating System. No /o/ involved. Interesting how some things resist code-switching. Same for "bot": I'd pronounce it Hebrew-style even when talking English! Anybody else out there who introduces L2 pronounciations into your L1? Dan Sulani -------------------------------------------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. A word is an awesome thing.