From: busmanus (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Jul 04 2004 - 19:15:16 CDT
Philipp Reichmuth wrote:
>> If we were starting from scratch today, we'd probably do better. (I
>> hope we would retain the "v" sound in "Чайковский" instead of converting
>> it to "f".)
> Except there is no "v sound", only an "f sound" in the Russian
> pronunciation of Чайковский due to regressive assimilation.
Just like in English or French, as far as I can perceive.
The reason for spellings like "Stroganoff" for "Stroganov"
is word-final devoicing in Russian, which is absent from
French and at least much less marked in English, so it had
to be denoted explicitly.
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