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Post by Adrian » Mon Nov 22, 2004 7:17 pm

i need help.

how do you pronounce the following:

equus -i
nauta -ae
inimicus -i

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Post by adz000 » Mon Nov 22, 2004 10:56 pm

The best American English approximations I can do:




This is how it's done in American schools. How they were actually pronounced is a whole different can of worms.

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Post by amans » Tue Nov 23, 2004 4:01 pm


Although I have not read Allen's "Vox Latina", I'd pronounce these words a little differently.

I'd try to get the double U out in eqUUs. So to conform with how adz000 puts it, I'd go: ECK-wu-uss

Furthermore, I would pronounce the AU in nautus more clearly as a diphthong. As in the German word for eye, for example: AUge.

Finally, the adjective for hostile: "inimicus" surely is a composite of "in" and "amicus", but I'd avoid pronouncing that A. It is an I: "in-i-micus".

Perhaps, the double SS should also be avoided: there is, as far as I can tell, a difference between pronouncing the S-sound in "us" (from the pronoun "we") and "cuss" (swear). I think I'd go for a single S in these Latin words.

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Post by Timothy » Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:27 am


I seem to recall that this is one of those words that has a lot of

equus looks like it should have three syllables (3 vowels. A+G §7)
but the u in 'qu' is consonant u (A+G § 5.N.2), so there are only
two, the 'qu' going to the second (§ 11.a):


The first syllable is long by position (AY-kwus) but the vowel is
pronounced short because of the mute 'qu' (§ 11.b):

EH-kwus, EH-kwee

That short e on an accented syllable I think is the problem.

n.b. because there are only two syllables, a long i in the plural
has no effect on the accent. (§ 12)


Two syllables: nau-ta (NOW-tah, NOW-teye or NOW-tie)

I agree that the diphthong au should be distinct.


Four syllables: in-i-mi-cus

how about this: in-ih-ME-koos

I agree that the 's' should not be drawn out but is short.
Also, not like the American "cuss"; like the 'ue' in "glue".


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Post by Adrian » Wed Nov 24, 2004 4:12 am

thanks guys

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