The Pronunciation of Placenames: A Worldwide Dictionary

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McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 229 pages
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This reference dictionary provides a user-friendly pronunciation guide for over 12,000 placenames worldwide. Avoiding the unconventional characters and symbols of the traditional International Phonetic Alphabet, it follows an easy-to-read phonetic alphabet which uses only standard English letters. From Aachen, Germany (pronounced Ah kun) to Zywiec, Poland (pronounced Zhi vets), entries include familiar world placenames, both historic and current, as well as several less familiar names which have uncertain or difficult pronunciations. An appendix provides a useful directory to the most well-known countries, regions, and cities whose native names differ significantly from their English counterparts.

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Pronunciation of Native Names
219
Select Bibliography
227
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About the author (2007)

A noted toponymist and onomastician, Adrian Room is the author of over 40 reference books, including Placenames of the World (2006), Placenames of France (2004), Dictionary of Pseudonyms (2003), A Dictionary of Music Titles and A Dictionary of Art Titles (2000). He also compiled African Placenames (1994). He lives in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.

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