pronouncing names (ae endings)
ncellinese at FMNH.ORG
Tue Jun 25 15:20:03 CDT 2002
Robin, It seems to me that your teacher tought you to pronounce Latin the English way, which is just fine. However, the -ae is never ever
pronounced to rhyme with eye, and the c is never ever pronounced like an s (the soft c is pronounced like a -ch). This is true for classical or
modern Latin, whether spoken by the nobility or the commoners. Probably the reason why teachers didn't insist in teaching a correct
pronounciation is because, after all, Latin is a not a spoken language. I think what is most important is to understand what are the majority rules
and follow them, whether those are strictly correct or not. After all we are using Latin as a mere mean of communication and the ultimate goal is
understanding each other, who cares whether a name is correctly pronounced according to the original language. It is correctly pronounced
according to English phonetics. I guess I am lacking patriotism here!
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