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Old 12-02-2010, 07:56 PM   #1
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Here is a really helpful page for those of us struggling with botanical names - Botanical Latin Basics.
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:34 PM   #2
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And here's another. Now, how to correct my ingrained faulty pronunciation?
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:05 PM   #3
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if you think Latin is bad, you should try learning Irish.


Latin is some sweet relief after that business...

Tamhlacht


Any guesses? Pronounced "Tah-la"
Dún Laoghaire...

I dare you....
Dun-leer-ee

I even named my baby... Oisín.

(uh-sheen)

~No one in Ireland has trouble with Latin pronunciations after the sort of lunacy we are put through in school learning Irish.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:26 PM   #4
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Very informative....Packed full of useful hints on how to remember pronunciation.
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See now.... I was taught that c was always pronounced as a k and that g was always hard. What I mean is Acer is pronounced like the word acre.
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Old 12-03-2010, 01:32 PM   #6
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I would imagine sometimes Latin c's could also be sh or ch sounds. Depending on the flanking vowels or some business.
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See now.... I was taught that c was always pronounced as a k and that g was always hard. What I mean is Acer is pronounced like the word acre.


There you have it....
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The "c" will also have a soft sound when it appears before e, i and y:
lots of rules...
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In my dendrology course we got into a discussion about pronunciation, because the Virginia Tech website gives pronunciations that were different than the instructor's, and then we had a retired latin professor in the class as well. The professor said that there is not universal agreement about the way Latin was really pronounced, with disagreements between European and American scholars, and differences between church Latin and classical Latin. He refused to get into stating how we "should" pronounce things, partly we gathered to avoid hurting the teacher's feelings.
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If all else fails.... spell it or write it out on a piece of paper for the other person!!! It'll work everytime and then nobody has to feel like an idiot trying to pronounce a botanical name!!! I swear if I pronounced Acer the way I was taught nobody'd know what I was talking about so I just pronounce the c the way I know everyone'll understand. BTW... is the hard c pronunciation church or classical Latin.... just curious?
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