The Czech word for “glasses” is brýle – in several dialects, it is pronounced more like bray-le. Could the alternative pronunciation have been encouraged by familiarity with the widely-implemented Braille system? How does foreign-language terminology affect the pronunciation of certain words?
As you can tell, I’ve once again been plunged into linguistics-related thought. This is partially by dint of the fact that I am writing the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad this Wednesday. I’ve long been interested in this competition; albeit that I don’t expect much from my participation, I am intent on trying to write the examination.
I’m exercising brevity today, as I need to prepare for the aforementioned contest. Please note that you may look forward to a guest post concerning herpetology rather soon; in the meantime, you may have to be subjected to more of my blabber.