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Re: NATLANG: French spelling questions

From:Rik Roots <rik@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 2, 2004, 23:23
On Sunday 29 Feb 2004 2:07 am, you wrote:
> Benct Philip Jonsson scripsit: > > Are there any French words other than _aiguë_ where > > an _ë_ is used to indicate that a preceding _u_ > > is pronounced [y]? > > Well, now I know why English _ague_ is pronounced /'ejgju/! > AFAIK that pronunciation of -gue is unique. >
Hmm. In my idiolect "ague" rhymes with "argue" (that's /eIgju/ and /Agju/ I think). Course, on the Romney Marshes the ague (malaria) was endemic well into the 19th century. Rik, knee deep.