Date: Thu, 3 Mar 1994 19:00:08 +0700 From: Gwyn Williams Subject: Re: Something old, something new On Sat, 26 Feb 1994, Donald M. Lance wrote: > In the 1875 edition of Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English > Language, the word is italicized, indicating that it is a "foreign word" > The following pronunciation: > 'koo pong (with macron over oo and breve over o, and no the -ng is not one > of my ubiquitous typos): presumably ['ku p[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ng] fascinating! The Thai word is [khuu pong]. I've always wondered where the final velar came from. I thought it was French, as Thais often seem to perceive final nasal vowels in French as [ng]. Comments? Gwyn Williams Bangkok