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Exonyms [Re: English syllable structure]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Sunday, December 9, 2001, 9:06
Quoting Elliott Lash <AL260@...>:

> In a message dated Sun, 9 Dec 2001 2:03:28 AM Eastern Standard Time, > Tristan Alexander McLeay <anstouh@...> writes: > > And it occurs to me that Americans are the people who say /t@meito/ > > and /t{ko/ rather than /t@mA:t8u/ and /tA:k8u/ (those latter two > > are Aussie pronunciations, and we're a mixed bag of American and > > British, so I could be completly wrong there...). > > I say /t@meitow/ and /tAkow/ ..and again I'm from New York. Not everyone > says the same thing in can't just make generalizations like > 'it occurs to me that Americans' :)
Yeah. Language is one of those things that a lot of people seem to paint with a broad brush when talking about America. Another one is the habit that some Brits seem to have (or do they not?) of calling anyone who happens to be a citizen of the US a "yank". "yankee" in most of America refers to people who live north and east of yourself. So, to Alabamians, Marylanders are Yankees; to Marylanders, people from Pennsylvania are Yankees; to people from Pennsylvania, New Yorkers are Yankees. Although, people from Texas, say, would not call an Arkansan a Yankee; it's not entirely relative. So, not a term of abuse or anything, but definitely an exonym (for most Americans). ObConlang: Does anyone have exonyms in their conlangs for their conculture? In Phaleran, the people who live on the Northern continent of Lorendil are called _Magaroina_ 'those who are afflicted with beriberi' (a thiamine deficiency). ===================================================================== Thomas Wier <trwier@...> <> "...koruphàs hetéras hetére:isi prosápto:n / Dept. of Linguistics mú:tho:n mè: teléein atrapòn mían..." University of Chicago "To join together diverse peaks of thought / 1010 E. 59th Street and not complete one road that has no turn" Chicago, IL 60637 Empedocles, _On Nature_, on speculative thinkers


Tristan Alexander McLeay <anstouh@...>
Padraic Brown <agricola@...>