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Re: rhotic miscellany (was: Advanced English + Babel text)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Friday, November 5, 2004, 14:07
On Nov 5, 2004, at 2:34 PM, John Cowan wrote:
> Ray Brown scripsit: >> Those people who use the uvular trill, do so also when they speak >> English. >> My guess that you simply did not come across any speakers who used >> the >> uvular trill.
> In Ill Bethisad, if you remember, the uvular trill (and perhaps by now > the > uvular fricative) is an eastern North American _Sprachbund_ phenomenon, > affecting English, Brithenig, French, and perhaps the archaic Swedish > of New Sweden. I do not think it has spread to North American Spanish > or to Montreiano, however. I have no clue about the Judeo-Spanish of > Mueva Sefarad (Newfoundland).
It has begun to rear its ugly head there also, but in still only a minority of speakers. ("ugly" meaning, of course, 'i can't pronounce an uvular trill' :P) Has it hit Scots and/or Scottish Gaelic yet? Since Alba Nuadh is the next province over from Mueva Sefarad, that'd affect whether it's a very small minority of speakers or a very large minority :) . -Stephen (Steg) "ezekiel... he has like the crazy thing!" ~ brilliant biblical commentary by n


John Cowan <jcowan@...>