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

Sylvia McIvers sylviamcivers at gmail.com
Fri Sep 18 17:27:31 BST 2015

On Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 9:49 AM, 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...
> 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.
> Jim Parish

Neither, it's like the o in mommy:  mah-drid
5 vowels have to do the work of about twenty. Phonetic spelling is
therefore impossible.


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