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An Anthology of Modern Bohemian Poetry/Note on the Pronunciation of Bohemian Names

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Note on the Pronunciation of Bohemian Names.

The chief Bohemian sounds which require notice are:—

č=ch.
š=sh.
ž=French j as in jour.
ř=French rg as in berger (approximately).
ě=ye.
c=ts.ch is a guttural sound as in the Scottish "loch."

The acute accent over a vowel denotes length. ů—long u. The letters "r" and "l" between consonants form a syllable without any interveningvowel. The name Vrchlický, for example, is divided up thus:

Vrch-lic-ký.

The main accent falls in Bohemian on the first syllable of a word.

 

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