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Title: Prononciasione
Post by: skdadl on April 19, 2008, 07:10:27 PM
How do you pronounce Verner, as in Josée Verner? Is it ver-neh or ver-ner (comme la mer), and how do you know which is which with names ending in -er?
Title: Re: Pronounciashun
Post by: skdadl on April 20, 2008, 07:20:55 AM
Nobody here speaks le French?
Title: Re: Prononciasione
Post by: deBeauxOs on April 20, 2008, 12:38:08 PM
Verner is a family name, possibly of Germanic origin? I speak French, but I have no idea what pronunciation rules are for proper names borrowed from other languages.  Radio Canada usually ensures that its news readers correctly pronounce the proper names of those featured in stories.
Title: Re: Prononciasione
Post by: lagatta on April 20, 2008, 02:42:07 PM
I've always heard her name pronounced "VerNÈRE" - indeed I believe it is Germanic - possibly Swiss?

Also in France, I have friends named Widmer - that is definitely German-Swiss, and in France it is also "Vidmère". But in French one puts the tonic accent on the FINAL sylabble, unlike in German.
Title: Re: Prononciasione
Post by: skdadl on April 20, 2008, 04:42:58 PM
I learned years ago that I had been pronouncing Antonio Lamer's name wrong -- again, he is like "la mer," not the "la-meh" that I had been doing. This is very confusing to an anglophone. I see -er and I say eh, eh?
Title: Re: Prononciasione
Post by: steffie on April 20, 2008, 07:55:58 PM
There's a small town east of Sudbury called Verner,  [VER-ner] , and it's a largely french-speaking community.