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Postby Augustus Secondus » Thu Sep 02, 2004 1:28 am

I have two questions on Latin pronunciation:

I. Does Latin use the trilled R in every Latin word with R in it or just in the alphabet?

II. Does the short o sound like the o in pot or the o in pole?
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Re: Pronunciation

Postby Timothy » Thu Sep 02, 2004 4:10 am

Augustus Secondus wrote:I. Does Latin use the trilled R in every Latin word with R in it or just in the alphabet?


Every time. It's less pronounced in some words or endings, as it blends more naturally. Sort of a light trill. But it's there

Augustus Secondus wrote:II. Does the short o sound like the o in pot or the o in pole?


Argh! That would be the odd one. Sorry, the answer is neither.

The Latin short o (IPA backward c) is a foreign sound in English. It's in the French word homme; Italian donna; German Gott. The English word port comes close.

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Postby Augustus Secondus » Fri Sep 03, 2004 12:25 am

So you are saying that the short o is nasalized? I have taken a few french classes and just about every o sound I learned was nasalized.
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Postby Timothy » Fri Sep 03, 2004 2:53 am

No. The German Gott isn't nasalized. Nor the Italian donna

Go to this site and listen to the sound of the backward c. It's not the sound of either the long or short English o. See the Oxford English disctionary pronunciation sections.

It is the sound of the Latin short o (or a good redition of it.) I've read that the British do pronounce it with certain words, which I can't think of off the top of my head. It's an example of the Latin roots of the different languages except English.

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