Date: Thu, 4 Jan 1996 20:01:23 -0500
From: Benjamin Barrett Gogaku[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GNN.COM
Subject: Re: Respelling
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 1996 14:03:37 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Sender: American Dialect Society ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU
The spelling Neandertal has been around a long time in arch(a)eological
writings. The th spelling in German represents a /t/ pronunciation, which
Americans are woefully ignorant of, and thus pronounce with /Theta/ as in
English. Dropping the h helps get rid of this inaccurate
tion. Thanks for bringing up this example -- it will be useful in teaching.
I was under the impression that it is lost to history as to whether the
Greeks of yore pronounced--or aspirated--the "h" in "theta" and "rho."