Well, I am a translator, does that count? - and no I did not speak english
when I were a children.
Incidentally, I found the discussion abuot Balquhidder very interesting and
noticed that nobody came back after somebody had mentioned middle england -
proud scots out there or what??? :>)))
I wonder if the transformation of the q to an h-sound is not because a q is
always very soft, and therefore sounds like an H but with a soft K- sound
from the back of the mouth. Therefore over the years the word has been
pronounced more and more like an H.???? In danish we have mute D's which
to the british ear sounds just like an L, but is in fact pronounced like
the start of th in words like this, that and the other. i.e. the tongue
tripping over the front teeth.
And to bring this blether into a dance context - the evolution of dancing
progresses the same way and languages - people think they hear or see
something which is different from what is intended!!!!!
NB: Notice, I cleaned up this e-mail before I replyed and resent it!!!!!!
---------- > From: Wilkie, Irene <Xxxxx.Xxxxxx@xxx.xx.xx> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Cc: email@example.com > Subject: Re: Composition > Date: 08 January 1999 15:04 > > I may be in a minority of one, but I'm a linguist. Any more > out there on the list? > On Mon, 21 Dec 1998 15:46:27 -0600 Dianna Shipman > <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > >