On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 14:15:46 -0400, <cowan@...> wrote:

> No, it's Mgrvgrvla-dje. It takes longer to say the first syllable
> than it does to say most syllables, but it's a single syllable: the r's,
> in particular, are definitely not syllabic.

Good grief! Thanks. I'm amazed, but it really does seem that linguistics
has a good share of amazements.
The r's must be voiced (vocalic?).

> [...] <http://paul.merton.ox.ac.uk/language/vowels.html> for details
> [...]
Very amusing; thanks. Bookmarked...

> was a Quebecois by birth, but it wouldn't astonish me if his family came
> from Flanders.

Indeed; the "ck" on the end looks Flemish to me. That brings up another
question: Assuming the name is Flemish, would the Flemish pronounce the
name with an unwritten vowel?

John, thank you for some very interesting and informative replies.

My regards to all,

Nicholas Bodley /*|*\ Waltham, Mass.
who grew up hearing Beethoven, but first realized at the
age of maybe 40 that his name is typically Dutch
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