Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 17:00:34 -0500
From: "Donald M. Lance"
Subject: Re: Beijing /j/

Larry Horn wrote:

> Perhaps the
>German-style [ay] pronunciation of -ei- in e.g. "Brunei" as signalled by
>Don Lance is a similar phenomenon: it's not so much thinking that "Brunei"
>is really a German name, or a name otherwise to be Germanicized, but
>thinking that -ei- is in general a representation of [ay].

This afternoon, I heard -- again -- on our University radio station EYE-tor
for the first name of the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos. At least
he knew not to say the h-.

I agree with Larry that these "mispronouncers" just think the general
foreign pronunciation of -ei- is EYE. When pressed, they might say
something about German or French but might not.