Re: interesting SIL-document

From: Andrew C. West (
Date: Wed Feb 04 2004 - 05:13:58 EST

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    On Tue, 03 Feb 2004 10:53:40 -0800, Peter Kirk wrote:
    > There are minimal pairs at the
    > syllable level between the British pronounciation of Birmingham (silent
    > h, stress on first syllable only) and many similar -ingham names, and
    > (rarer) place names like Odiham (Hampshire) - although I suspect the h
    > tends to be silent in the latter.

    Pronounced "odium" locally. Offhand I can't think of any English placenames with
    a -ham suffix that don't have a silent "h" (Farnham, Fareham, Wokingham ...),
    although "h" is generaly pronounced in other common placename suffixes such as
    -hampton and -hurst.


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