What is the difference between les Wé and les wès?

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by pluto2, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. pluto2 Registered Senior Member

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  3. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    I think they're just struggling to transcribe the name of an African people in the French alphabet. A hundred years ago they would have called them les Oué. The inconsistency over the plural S is simply an expression of a genuine academic indecision over how to form the plural of the name of a foreign people. We have the same problem in English:
    • The Greeks, the Russians, the Mohawks
    • The French, the Chinese, the Sioux.
     
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