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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/. :) > > -Mark
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@/.