Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 11:25:17 -0500
From: "Donald M. Lance"
Subject: Re: Beijing /j/

a snippet from Mark Mandel's e-mail of 5-13:

> The example I recall was in Viennese(?)

Shifting the topic 180 degrees, going the opposite direction on a parallel
track from the one we've been on:

The little town of Vienna, Missouri, is still prounounced [vai-En[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]] or
[vai-in[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]] or [vai-ini] by old-timers, so I've been told. And I've heard
the first one myself. Gloss: [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] = schwa, the rest in somewhat standard IPA.
A side note: I grew up hearing neighbors talk of the canned little sausages
as vie-eena sassidges. Are Americanizations inherently better or more
euphonious. Depends on who's passing judgment.