Unfortunately when they pronounce it full out there’s no corresponding Barkerloner, so this isn’t a throwback to Iberian Phoenician, or something. It’s a shame there’s no Barther in there, because in English that would progress naturally to Barfer, a happy coincidence of name and function for many northern tourists.
Clarification of the above and this numismatic controversy:
- Latin Barceno -> Spanish Barcelona-with-the-lithp because word-/second element of an internal group-initial Latin /k/ -> Spanish /k/ before non-front vowels eg porcu -> puerco, but -> Spanish /Î¸/ before front vowels, eg dulce -> dulce.
- I know substantially less than bugger all about Catalan historical phonetics, but according to DCVB (you still can’t link to articles!!!) Bernat Fenollar, Regles d’esquivar vocables o mots grossers o pagesivols is holding fast to his reconstructed Latin heritage somewhere around 1500–“Evitar de dir… Barsalona per Barcelona”, don’t say Barserloner instead of Barkerloner–so the hiss must have been pretty popular by then. Scholars in the pay of southern rice peasants say that Fenollar is a pan-Catalanist, imperialist fabrication designed to inhibit the right of the ancient nation of Valencia to export vegetables that taste of poo under its own ethnic brand, so I’m dying to hear their opinion on this particular issue.
- J in Catalan Spanish
Immortalised in the “disastrous cowboy” genre of jokes.
- Raphael tortures Aquarius, Matt Monro destroys Libre (subtitled)
Do Spanish speakers get more excited about “defective” accents than English speakers?
- Catalan language policy: Marxist, Stalinist, Francoist or fascist?
The precedents for, and some possible implications of, the Catalanisation of Barcelona’s cinemas. Plus some crowd-pleasing video of the Quebec language
- Congolese children singing the anthem of Athletic
Some corner of a foreign football pitch that is for ever Bilbao, and I hope they got fed afterwards: The original strikes
- Cataloonia, Sweden on the Med
Jordi Pujol’s venerable dream appears finally to have been realised, although perhaps not quite as he anticipated.