Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 11:27:35 -0500
From: Matthew Gordon
Subject: Re: Beijing /j/

Adding to the list of hyperforeign pronunciations, I recall hearing a
radio newsperson speaking of Gorbachev retreating to his "dacha" which
was pronounced with the velar fricative [x] in place of the palatal
affricate [tS]. Is there a general pattern of opting for Germanesque
pronunciations of Russian words vs. Frenchified versions of items from
other languages?