Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 09:36:00 +0000 From: David Bergdahl Subject: Re: "Ich bin ein Berliner" Kendra Banks Perry wrote: > > When I was in Austria studying German, my teacher told us that the word > "Berliner" does indeed refer to a jelly doughnut in some areas (every > little district seems to have different words for pastries). He said > that Kennedy's remark was, however, easily understood with its original > intent and was not the disastrous gaffe some people make it out to be. > > Kendra Banks Perry > > banks[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > There is no question that Kennedy's utterance was interpretable in the sense he meant it, but I believe the usual utterance would be "Ich komme aus Berlin"--the "Ich bin. . ." sounds like a calque. -- _____________________________________________________________________ david.bergdahl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Ohio University / Athens Ellis Hall 114c tel: (740) 593-2783 [no office hrs during fax: (740) 593-2818 break, only by appt]