Standard English Pronunciation of Mythological Names
January 5, 2012 9:25 AM Subscribe
Is there a set of rules one could follow to derive the standard English pronunciation of the names of characters from classical mythology?
posted by Paquda to Writing & Language (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
E.g., if I looked at the name 'Calliope' for the first time, could I, knowing certain principles, figure out that it should be pronounced 'ka-LIE-ah-pee'?
Does this have to do with the Latin pronunciation used in English-speaking countries before the adoption of the current academic pronunciation system? If so, what are the principles of that older, traditional pronunciation system?
Would I need to know which vowels in the Latin are long?