Tuesday, April 04, 2006

An explanation for Engrish!

I've worked on software localization in the past, and I always wondered why native Japanese speakers would use 'r' and 'l' interchangeably, but it never occurred to me that they are processed as identical sounds by the Japanese brain. I can definitely relate from having studied Arabic, which frustrated me to no end in trying to distinguish the subtle differences between certain consonants. This article from my Alma Mater actually starts by discussing 'pin' and 'pen' pronunciations in various American dialects. Very interesting!

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