chapter  6
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Conventions used in the Spelling of Names

It will be assumed that the phonetic or written forms of foreign names have been interpreted in some conventional way as a string of English phonemes, however crudely. How a native English speaker goes about this translation of foreign sounds or foreign spellings into English phonemes is a matter of some interest, but lies outside our scope. We shall ignore deliberate phonetic approximations to the phonemes of other languages, such as contrastive vowel nasalization (Caen as [ka]).