Re: Not phonetic but IN CONCLUSION
|From:||Herman Miller <hmiller@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, April 18, 2004, 18:19|
Mark J. Reed wrote:
> Finally, I must note that one of the things which has always bothered me
> about "Star Wars" is the pronunciation of "Jedi". From the time I first
> saw it in written form at age 9 it has seemed obvious to me that such a
> word must be pronounced /dZEdi/. If not, then the name of a certain
> Master of that discipline would have to be /obaiwankEnobai/. :)
I subconsciously assumed it was "Jet-eye" before seeing it in print.
Supposedly the word "Jedi" comes from the Japanese "jidai geki". So it's
possible that George Lucas intended it to be pronounced /dZidaI/ and
spelled it as an English word.
The first time I read _Lord of the Rings_ I consistently mispronounced
the name "Gamgee" with /g/ instead of /dZ/. I think I have a general
tendency to avoid using English pronunciation rules with unfamiliar
names. I assumed that Edina, Minnesota was pronounced with /i/ (rhyming
with names like "Tina" or "Nina") until I heard it on the radio
pronounced as /aI/ (rhyming with "Dinah" or "myna(h)"). On the other
hand, I assumed that Wayzata was pronounced /weI"zAt_v@/, but it's
really more like /waI"zEt_v@/.