Re: [tied] Re: Retroflexes in Sanskrit

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 14269
Date: 2002-08-07

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From: richardwordingham
Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2002 6:07 PM
Subject: [tied] Re: Retroflexes in Sanskrit

> Or short low back, e.g. 'Roget' as in Roget's thesaurus.  The name has been around long enough to count as naturalised.
True, though foreign names often serve as isolated exceptions that prove the rule. Otherwise, how would you know them to be foreign? In US English, however, Roget is pronounced [roU'ZeI], as far as I know. They have different ideas about how to make a word sound French :)

> We have still not extended the range of vowels known before /Z&#/ beyond /e/ (necessarily irregular spellings) and the long vowels and diphthongs.

Well, we've got [æ] in azure (or at least a lot of people have; the pronunciation has vacillated for centuries in British English).