|From:||Josh Roth <fuscian@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 30, 2002, 4:09|
In a message dated 1/29/02 10:49:48 PM, draqonfayir@JUNO.COM writes:
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>On Tue, 29 Jan 2002 19:10:52 -0800 Elliott Belser <renyard@...>
>> >Hello all!
>> >All the talk on how we all seem to have odd ways of
>> >pronouncing things makes me want to propose a
>> >hypothesis: that linguistically inclined people are so
>> >sensitive to sound that they overcompensate when they
>> >speak...Maybe? How does this sound?
>> Well, my little brother gets upset when I pronounce the Legend 'o
>> Zelda villain Ganondorf's name as Gah-NOWHN-dorf instead of
>> GA-non-dorf the way everyone else does... and god forbid my Hebrew
>> teacher catching me trying to make a vowel attached to a Ayin come
>> from the back of my throat!
>They don't like you pronouncing the `ayin? I didn't really start using
>it until college, and i haven't really taken any Hebrew language courses
>here until this semester which just started, so i haven't had any
>reaction to it. Although a friend who used to be co-head of the Hebrew
>Speakers Club said that i sound "ethnic", whatever that means :-P
Means that you sound different (and more authentic, if they said it in a nice
way) than the average Hebrew speaker :-) There definitely are different
"registers" of Hebrew for me. For example, in Hebrew class I pronounce my r's
uvularly, since the teacher's Israeli and I'm trying to have a good Israeli
accent. But if I'm reading something in synagogue I would never do that...
it's just not what's done there! Unless someone is Israeli or lived in Israel
for a long time, the normal thing is to use a distinctly American accent
there, with an American 'r', though at least we distinguish /E/ from /e/. The
only time I pronounce pharyngeal anything is when I'm singing along to
Yemenite music (as well as in Structure of Arabic class the other day, when
we had our phonetics lesson).