Subject: Re: German last name
Author: thegriffon   (Authenticated as thegriffon)
Date: August 1, 2016 at 11:13 PM
Reply to: German last name by Helena Haig

How are you pronouncing Haitian? In the standard English pronunciation the ai in Haitian is the |eɪ̯| diphthong, which isn't used in German at all — so there is no standard German name pronounced like Haitian. Apparently though Upper German languages such as Swabian or Bernese do have the similar |ei| dipthong, and Heischen appears to be a Swabian name, and Heeschen Luxembourghish, both apparently pronounced something like |heiʃen|.

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