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CHAT: Ability of Americans & Europeans to locate each others cities (was Re: The [??] attribute)

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 18, 2002, 20:42
Christophe wrote:

>En réponse à Roger Mills <romilly@...>:
I once had _two_
>> students from The Country Whose Capital is/was? Ouagadougou, a >> beautiful >> word-- fascinating language too, More [mOre]-- and difficult (we used it >> in >> a Field Methods class). >> > >Ouagadougou is the capital of Cameroun (at least when written with the
>orthography), former Haute-Volta. I still remember it because such a name
>so silly in a French ear that it's unforgettable :)) . >
At the time of my 10-yr-old sick-in-bed geography readings, I thought it was ["uga'dugu], possibly even more silly. ObNatlang: One clever student in the class found a couple articles on More... IIRC the author posited a remote relation to the Bantu languages. There were 5 or 6 noun classes, distinguished by their sing/plur _suffixes_, but verbal class-agreement. When we started eliciting sentences, there turned out to be someting tonal going on too. Very difficult to puzzle out in a mere 10-week "quarter". Pity I've lost my notes...I do recall that /-dugu/ was one of the plural markers, so apparently the city's name is a plural of something... it would be more or less ['] with the medial /a/ and /u/ very short.