Sauchie Haugh pronunciation equivalents

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Ian Brockbank wrote:

"I'd pronounce it roughly /soXI ho/, where:
'o' is as in 'hot'
'X' is like the Dutch 'g' in 'guid' or the German 'ch' in 'licht
'I' is like 'y' in 'pretty'

Since you are in South Africa, I assume you can pronounce the "ch" correctly
- it's _not_ 'ck' (in the same way that 'loch' and 'lock'
should sound different)."

A couple of problems with that:

First, neither I nor my rather comprehensive Dutch dictionary is aware of any
such Dutch word as "guid," though the characterization of the Dutch "g" is
correct.

Second, the "ch" in the German "licht" is not a throat sound at all, except
in Swiss dialect, but rather strictly an air sound (back of the tongue raised
close to the roof of the mouth). The Scots "ch" in "loch" would be equivalent
to the German "ch" in "acht," following an open vowel, but definitely not to
the German "ch" in "licht," entirely different following a closed vowel.

Robb Quint
Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

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