JOSEPH E. LAFERRIERE
josephl at AZTEC.ASU.EDU
Sat Feb 27 04:51:47 CST 1999
> I have never heard any American / Englishman pronounce English
> correctly, the way it would have been pronounced by Mr. Shakespeare.
Two points: 1) Of all the many dialects of present-day English, the
one which most nearly approximates that of Shakespeare
is found in Newfoundland, Canada. 2) Why is this dialect "correct"
while others are not? What is so special about the early 17th
> Moreover, the Latin names pronounced in English (in American?) sound quite
> differently in Louisiana and Maryland. Maybe, Californian pronounciation is
> the only correct one? Let us discuss this.
Please see my other posting yesterday, sent after yours.
Louisiana pronunciation is "correct" in Louisiana because
Louisianan need to communicate with other Louisianians. A
Boston accent is likewise proper in Boston. There is no
distinctly California accent, because the majority of
Californians are immigrants from other parts of the country
or children of such immigrants since World War II.
I have no easy access to the journal Taxon, nor could I
decipher the coded message distributed yesterday. I have
one question for those proposing replacing Latin
with modern languages: A note yesterday (I think it was
from John McNeill) said the new proposal is that a
description in two modern languages be valid.
I hope there is some limitation put on which languages
are so permitted. A publication, for example, in Hopi and
Yoruba will do few people any good. I would suggest the
Dr. Joseph E. Laferriere
"Computito ergo sum ... I link therefore I am."
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