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A Fun Proposition

From:David Peterson <digitalscream@...>
Date:Friday, April 13, 2001, 3:27
    Why don't we try to mess with nature, just for kicks?
    I propose we start pronouncing one letter slightly different and start
pronouncing it that way constantly and see if it catches on.  I'm suggesting
this for English, but I suggest everyone who speaks another language as their
first language try it out in that language, too.
    Anyway, my idea for English is this:
    From now on, we should pronounce final double-ewes /w/ as [h] or [F]
(bilabial, voiceless fricative), as it please you.  So, "law" will become
[lAh] or [lAF] (or for those of you that have the backwards "c" sound, that),
"meadow" will become [mEdoh] or [mEdoF].  The change would be so slight that
no one will notice at first.  But, if we keep doing it, someone might pick it
up, and it'll be all up from there!  Our goal should be to hear somebody say
it on television (or radio).
    Anyway, there's no real point to this.  I just feel like messing with
things for no good reason.  What do you all think?


(My suggestion for Spanish: pronounce final [r] as [h] or [F].  I don't know
why I've narrowed it down to [h] and [F].  Maybe it's just because they're
almost invisible to the ear...  Almost!)


D Tse <exponent@...>