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Re: Yogh in the news

From:Keith Gaughan <kmgaughan@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 23:50
Mark J. Reed wrote:

> On 1/15/06, Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> wrote: >> R A Brown wrote earlier: >> > >> > Yep - in England, at any rate, /x/ is commonly pronounced [k]. The major >> > exception is the painter Van Gogh who is normally (tho not by me) >> > pronounced as though the last name were written 'Gough', i.e. /gQf/ ;) >> > >> >> I say [fAn 'xox] but have usually to "explain" it as [gog] to >> other Swedes. They are ignorant of Dutch spelling of course. > > Is Van Gogh's name really pronounced /gQf/ in the UK? The usual > American pronunciation is roughly [v&n goU], with long O and the -gh > completely silent.
For what it's worth, the pronunciation of his name here in Ireland varies depending on who you ask between the American, UK, and /gOx/, /gOk/, or /gQx/. K.