Re: Dotted e's in Dutch (was IOELS) #general


Nicole Heymans <nheymans@...>
 

On Mon, 30 Jul 2007 03:17:23 -0700 (PDT)
Celia Male wrote:

"Or could it be NO-*EL* - like the carol "The First No-*E*L", with emphasis
on the last vowel? There is some credence to this. If you look at yad
vashem you will see the Amsterdam family where there are two dots on the
letter *e* to accentuate it."

The dots are not to accentuate the e but to pronounce it separately.
In Dutch IOELS without dots would be pronounced to rhyme with fools
(with a hard s), just as CITROEN without dots would rhyme with moon.

What (in my view) gives credence to stress on -ELS is the
transformation to ELLIS.

Nicole Heymans, Brussels, Belgium

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