Date: Thu, 4 Jan 1996 14:03:37 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: Respelling The spelling has been around a long time in arch(a)eological writings. The spelling in German represents a /t/ pronunciation, which Americans are woefully ignorant of, and thus pronounce with /Theta/ as in English. Dropping the helps get rid of this inaccurate spelling-pronuncia- tion. Thanks for bringing up this example -- it will be useful in teaching. was used in the title of a book published a couple of years ago by University of Texas Press, which has probably infected others who have read it. Spanish generally lacks the grapheme, and various Latin American Indian language speakers have from time to time adopted the letter in order to visually distinguish their language from Spanish, in a sort of linguistic nationalism. In turn, they have been attacked as tools of the CIA trying to overthrow the established social order, which keeps the Indians in a permanent serfdom. Sometimes North American linguists encourage the adoption of and as "more phonemically accurate", without considering the sociolinguistic and educational aspects (easing readers in a bilingual education program into the reading of Spanish). It's a VERY complex issue. --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]