Re[2]: [unicode] Re[2]: Pronunciation of U+0429

From: Anatoly Vorobey (
Date: Fri Aug 09 2002 - 15:38:28 EDT

Hello Radovan,

>> RG> that is indeed the "official" pronunciation,
>> No, it really isn't!

RG> not even if you ask your fellow innocent russian speakers
RG> "please read for me this word v e r y s l o w l y"
RG> and listen carefully?

No, it isn't.

The [StS] pronunciation has been considered a dialect pronunciation for >50
years now. The "official", standard pronuncation is [S'], and has been
for a long time.

RG> We were certainly taught to pronounce [U+0429] as [StS] (soft [tS] before soft
RG> vowels, of course),

[tS] is _always_ soft in Russian.

>> RG> but I guess it is influenced by orthography.
>> What's the orthography got to do with it??

RG> if the children in schools are taught that [U+0429] is pronounced
RG> as [StS],

Trust me, they aren't.

Anatoly Vorobey,
my journal (in Russian):
"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly" - G.K.Chesterton

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