[LMB] OT: Pronunciations (was Re: late-series copy-editing/copyediting/copy editing)

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Fri Sep 18 16:48:00 BST 2015


On Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:49:19 -0500, Jim Parish <jparish at siue.edu> wrote:

>Pat Mathews wrote:
>> And the arguments when a newscaster tries to pronounce Spanish names 
>> correctly and is called down for pretentiousness or for "not speaking 
>> English." But then, town and city names from the foreign are an 
>> endless source of amusement. Have any of you ever been to MAA-Drid? 
>> (Cute little ex-ghost-town in the mountains north of Albuquerque.)
>
>Is the first vowel in "Madrid" (NM) the one from CAT or the one from 
>CANE? Hereabouts, (the St. Louis area), New Madrid's name features the 
>CAT-vowel.

It's more like the CAT-vowel; the real difference is the R sound, which
is trilled (I think that's the right word), and the first D, which is
almost a T.


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