The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #126347   Message #2859008
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
08-Mar-10 - 06:44 AM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
adding to my last post...

I don't know about the "usual" pronunciation of "chaunt." I have seen reference in a music book to its pronunciation "/shän/"-- French inspired, I take it. That was a book in reference to Western art music. I don't know how it was pronounced as general slang.

What I mean is, I don't know if this Jamaican pronunciation ("chaun fine") represented something distinct, or if that was the general way of pronouncing it in other Englishes.