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Re: Language Change

From:Irina Rempt <ira@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 11, 2000, 9:46
On Mon, 10 Jan 2000, Nik Taylor wrote:

> Well, presumably, since there's an "n", there used to be a pronounced > /n/. Could it be merely an archaism?
It might; or a bona fide dialectal variation; or pedantry or spelling pronunciation. There are cases in which there *never* was a pronounced /n/ and the new spelling made us put in an "n" because everything had to be consistent: "kerkenraad" (superseding the much more logical "kerkeraad") for "church council" when everyone who thinks about it concludes that it can only mean "churches' council". I'm afraid people will start to put the /n/ in now it's written, and insist on everybody doing that. There are letters to the editor in the paper every few months whining that "those young people don't know how to pronounce their own language: they're too lazy to pronounce every letter!" Very exasperating, and I always feel called to reply but don't because it's no use. (Disclaimer: that Dutch is my native language doesn't mean I know everything about it) Irina -- Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. (myself) - (Valdyas) (home)