Date: Fri, 25 Feb 1994 21:21:16 -0600


Subject: Re: local locality pronunciations

On Thu, 24 Feb 1994, Patricia Willis wrote:

Endless Americanization of French Midwestern place names:

Des Plaines, Illinois = dess planes

Joliet, Illinois = jolly-ette

Momence, Illinois = mo-me'n-cee

Yes, and Versailles, Ill.: ver-sales

Bourbonnais, Ill.: [b[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]r bon'is]

San Jose, Ill.: [saen' djoz], with a diacritic over the j

Cuba, Ill. [kyubi]

Prairie Du Rocher, Ill: prairie doo rosher (I give up on IPA)

We have a helluva lot of French plance names; i bet if you looked at al

the USGS maps you could fill a book. Hmmmm.. . .. ..

Tim F