Date: Sun, 8 Jan 1995 12:54:31 GMT
From: "Warren A. Brewer" NCUT054[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TWNMOE10.BITNET
Subject: Elegantese (?)
Bol(l)inger had something on what he called "elegantese" (ADS, mid-70s?)
RE: Target [tar-ZHAY]: I would call this gallicism. Assuming no modern
French pronunciation model, I might even call it hypergallicism, or
"out-Frenching the French". I've noticed three phonological symptoms
manifested in a number of lexemes: (i) de-affrication, (ii) word-end
stressing, and (iii) end-grapheme silencing.
Speaking of W.C. Fields, cf. "It's a Gift" (1934): The pronunciations
of the name Bissonnette form a running joke throughout the movie:
The expected [bih.suh.NET] vs. the Mrs.'s insistence on [bih.suh.NAY].
Noticed more recently te^te-a`-te^te rendered [tay-ah-TAY], coup de
gra^ce as [koo.duh.GRAH], recoup [ruh.KOO].