[DWJ] Welsh pronunciation

Anna Zofia Skarzynska ania.s at tiscali.co.uk
Sun Mar 19 15:11:47 EST 2006


Phew! I have a new and shorter email address- and I can post to the list.

So, in answer to the question below, KEEG-vraan is fine, IMO.

Ania



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Judith Ridge" <Judith.Ridge at det.nsw.edu.au>
To: "Diana Wynne Jones" <dwj at suberic.net>
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 11:44 PM
Subject: Re: [DWJ] Welsh pronunciation


> Phew! Thanks Charlie, thanks Ania! Cigfran is actually the name of a
> character in a story we're going to publish. We've actually published it
> before (not in my time) but I think this time we ought to put a
> pronunciation guide as a footnote. I have always hated reading a story
> where
> I do not know how to pronounce the main character's name.
>
> So, would KEEG-vraan work?
>
> Judith
>
>
> On 16/3/06 10:37 AM, "Charles Butler" <charlescbutler at btinternet.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Ania, who's having trouble posting to the list, has asked me to pass this
>> on:
>>
>>   Charlie is basically correct, but for complete accuracy's sake, the i
>> in cig
>> is not the short i you get in 'kick', more like the one in 'keel'- but
>> maybe
>> not quite as long. Also, the stress is on Cig, not on fran. Cigfran is a
>> compound noun; cig means meat or flesh, fran is a mutated form of bran,
>> meaning crow (or sometimes raven) by itself. So the literal translation
>> is
>> something like 'flesh-crow'- rather splendid, doncha think?
>>   Ania
>>
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