Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 13:56:32 -0400
From: Larry Horn
Subject: Re: nativisms

At 1:55 PM +0000 5/18/98, Jim Rader wrote:
>I recall hearing Chowchilla (with un-Hispanic spelling to begin
>with) pronounced as something like ['chau chi], with two syllables,
>when I was in the San Joaquin Valley in 1972. I've never forgotten
>Jim Rader
Actually, there's a wonderful example of just the reverse process in
California, although I've never been able to authentic it. There's a town
you pass on I-5, in the middle of the nowhere-at-all part of the Central
Valley, called Coalinga. It's pronounced quasi-Spanish-style
(co-a-LING-ga), although I suppose qua-LEENG-ga would be more "authentic",
but the story (apocryphal or not) goes that it's named for coaling station