End of ADS-L Digest - 13 Mar 1994 to 14 Mar 1994 ************************************************ There are 10 messages totalling 251 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Conscious Learning of Accent (6) 2. Nominative Us 3. French propose law to ban English 4. French Linguistic Legislation & Claude Hagege (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 15 Mar 1994 00:11:33 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: Conscious Learning of Accent When I say 'enchilada' with [i] in the second syllable and voiced fricative for the last consonant, [E] is the "natural" initial vowel, but if I anglicize the rest of the word the initial vowel has to be [I]. So, Rudy, if you'll focus on the last three syllables the first one might come out with the Spanish vowel. You might see what you say when ordering food in a Mexican restaurante. I'm always a bit amused when people employ their "French" pronunciation rules for the first syllable of 'enchilada'. I suspect that they are among those who seem to think that Mexican food has to give one indigestion. Mexican food cooked slowly and carefully by abuelitas sits well in my innards, but the food in gringo places like Taco Bell always gives me indigestion. DMLance