RE: Pronunciation of "Unicode"

From: Marco Piovanelli (
Date: Mon Jul 17 2000 - 08:38:52 EDT

On Mon, 17 Jul 2000 02:04:11 -0800 (GMT-0800), ( wrote:

>I'm glad to see that the initial [j-] is not in discussion! Knowing that
>"Unicode" begins with a consonant, I can finally select the proper definite
>article in Italian: it is thus "lo Unicode", not "l'Unicode".

This is getting way off-topic, but I couldn't resist...

Just because a word begins with a consonant doesn't rule out
the use of an apostrophe. For instance, "uovo" (Italian for
"egg") is pronounced /'wOvo/ but takes the truncated form
of the article: "l'uovo" /'lwOvo/.

But yes, I say "lo Unicode", not "l'Unicode", so I guess
what all this discussion boils down to is that Italian has
different truncation rules for initial /j/ and /w/.

                                      -- marco

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