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Which is more accurate?

Postby WilliamThomson » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:53 pm

Which of these recordings do you think is more accurate? or are there others that I should be looking to? (Not just of Cicero's oration, but as indicative of classical pronunciation)

http://ia600300.us.archive.org/26/items ... 01_vbr.mp3


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Re: Which is more accurate?

Postby adrianus » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:38 pm

Utra impressio praestans simulandaque, ut opinor.
Both are excellent and worth copying, I'd say.
I'm writing in Latin hoping for correction, and not because I'm confident in how I express myself. Latinè scribo ut ab omnibus corrigar, non quod confidenter me exprimam.
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Re: Which is more accurate?

Postby Qimmik » Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:03 pm

Of course, only an ancient Roman could tell us which of these is more accurate, and there aren't many of them left. But to my somewhat hearing-impaired ears, the first clip seems to more accurately reflect the pronunciation of the spelling [vowel] + ns as a long nasalized vowel followed by /s/ in consilia, constrictam, consili, consul, whereas the second doesn't seem to do this, pronouncing these words just as they're spelled, i.e., with the cluster -ns-. See Allen, Vox Latina, p. 28.
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