Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 14:14:03 -0400
From: David Bergdahl
Subject: nativizing pronunciations

The other side of the coin of affective foreignizing is nativizing: my
favorite is Russian "intelligentsia" with {dzh} rather than [g] in the
antepenult syllable. We say Kinder-Garden rather than [gartIn] and my
previous example of lingerie with RAY rather than [ri] in the final
syllable. Affective foreignizing may be one stage on the path to
nativization--make the truly foreign sound a sterotypical foreign sound
before assimilating it totally.

David Bergdahl Ellis Hall 114c Ohio University / Athens
Associate Prof/English tel: (740) 593-2783 fax: (740) 593-2818