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Media: American Mispronunciations of Foreign Names

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Media Body: NPR's Fresh Air Online has the following audio report:

Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the way politicians and
journalists are pronouncing place names associated with the war on

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Karen Chung
National Taiwan University

Issue Number: 14.1120
Date Posted: April 16, 2003

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