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It's Been Said Before

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How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Guest Editors' Preface
Author: Roel M. Vismans
Institution: University of Sheffield
Author: Matthias Hüning
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Institution: Freie Universität Berlin
Author: Fred Weerman
Institution: University of Amsterdam
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: Dutch
Abstract: It is not uncommon for the naive native speaker of English to confuse German and Dutch. One reason for this lies in the English names for the languages, but another reason is that Dutch and German sound similar to the anglophone ear. Many, perhaps even most, university students of Dutch in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the anglophone world come to Dutch with a good knowledge of German and again, often draw parallels between their mother tongue, and Dutch and German. Of course, professional linguists know that English and German are neighbors of Dutch and members of the same Germanic language family. However, comments by naive native speakers serve to highlight questions about the typological contrasts between these three languages.


This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 22, Issue 4.

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