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There are among the educated classes of Germany
no diversities in German pronunciation of any great
importance. It may, however, be observed that the
names of families of French extraction are usually pro-
nounced according to the principles of the French lan-
guage.

IV.

ITALIAN NAMES OF DOUBTFUL OR DISPUTED

PRONUNCIATION.

In tne pronunciation of Italian names, almost the
only discrepancy of any importance, as already inti-
mated, relates to the accentuation. But doubtful names
of the last-named class are pretty numerous.

Alcamo, al'ka-mo or al-kj'mo.

Argoli, aR-go'lce or aR'go-lee.

Bagnolo, ban'yo-lo or bln-yo'Io,

Baila, bi'la or ba-ee'll

Benoli, bi-no'lee or ba'no-Iee.

Bertola, beVto-11 or b?R-to'li

Caffaro, kaf'fi-ro or kaf-fi'ro.

Calici, ka'le-chee or kiHee'chee.

Campolo, kam'po-lo or kam-po'Io.

Caracciolo, kj-rat-cho'lo or ka-rit'cho-Irx

Cerasola, chl-ra-Jo'U or cha-rl'so-la.

Clarici, klj-ree'chee or kli're-chce.

Guiccioli, gwet-cho'lee or gwct'cho-Iee.



ft See the pronunciation of this name in the body of the work.
tj This pronunciation, which has been given in the body of llw
work, has the sanction of M. Bescherelle himself, than whom there
,s no higher authority.

We gave in the first edition of this work, on what we consid-
:red good authority, the antepenultimate accentuation of this name
under the article Guicciou ; but we have since met with an educated
and highly intelligent Italian gentleman, Signor POVTI, who assures
us that he was personally acquainted with several Italians named
juiccioli, and that the name was ir. variably accentuated on the penul-
ima. We have now no doubt tnat this is the correct pronunciation



c as t; 5 as s; g hanl; g as./; c, H, K,gi<tfnral; N, nasal; , trilled; s as s; th at in this. (ftJf^See Explanations, p. 23.)

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DISPUTED OR DOUBTFUL PRONUNCIATIONS,



Maroli, mi'ro-lee or m3-ro'lee.
Ongaro, on-g3'ro or on'gJ-ro.
Vaccaro, vik'ki-ro or vSk-kl'ro.

It may be proper to state that in the attempt to ascer-
tain the correct pronunciation of the foregoing names
we have had the assistance of several of the most dis-
tinguished professors of the Italian language in Italy.
No doubt the same name is often pronounced differently
In different sections: we have therefore generally pre-
ferred to adopt the opinion of that professor who lived
nearest to the birthplace of the person whose name was
the subject of dispute.

The diversity in the spelling of Italian names appears
to be for the most part limited to such comparatively
unimportant variations as the doubling of a consonant,
or the interchange of the vowels a and t in an unaccented
jyllable. The following are among the most important
exceptions to the foregoing remark :

Caliari or Cagliari, (pronounced alike kll'ya-ree.)

Leonardo (or Lionardo) da Vinci.



Michelangelo, (Michael Angelo,) me-kSl-an'ja-lo, 01
Michelagnolo,* me-ke'l-aVyo-lo.

V.

SPANISH.

The rules for writing and printing Spanish are BO
admirable! that among the educated classes there is
scarcely any considerable diversity either in spelling or
pronunciation. The chief exceptions to this remark
occur in proper names, some writers adopting the mod-
ern spelling of/ for x, (in XlMENF.s, for example,) while
others prefer the old form.



This spelling seems like a strange anomaly when we sonsidet
that the name is derived from the Latin MICHAEL ANCELUS; but lha
name of the great artist is so spelled on the base of his statue at the
Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, and the name of the street in which he
lived is spelled in the same manner: so, likewise, Roscoc alwayi
gives the name in his "Pontificate of Leo X."

t See Sectioo XIX., 20, Obs. i, in the Introduction.



6, e, 1, 6, u, y, lm S ; a, e, 6, same, less prolonged; a. e. 1, 6, u, y, short; a, e, \, o, obscure; fir, fill, fit; mei; n6t; gouJ; moon;
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