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/.