Forums > Senate Hall archive > SH Archive/How about pronunciation keys?

I think it'd be helpful if characters, droids, ships, worlds, orgaizations, etc. had pronunciation keys, for at least the ones we know for sure. I know that such keys can be found in a few source books (such as The New Essential Guide to Characters). Darth Anarcus 01:51, 9 July 2006 (UTC)

  • Some articles here have them, but most don't. It seEmS that the last time this was brought up, there was resistance to the issue. StarNeptuneTalk to me! 01:58, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
  • My main problems would be: (1) they aren't necessary for most articles, because they're pronounced according to the standard rules of English, and (2) the IPA alphabet (which a lot of the old prononciation keys used) is very useful for linguists, but of very little help to almost everyone else. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind seeing some clue on how to pronounce Joruus C'baoth. —Silly Dan (talk) 03:04, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
    • Mind you not all users here are native speakers of english, and might not be acquainted with all rules of English pronunciation. The IPA is not just useful for linguists. It's useful for anyone who wants to learn how to pronounce something in a given language. KEJ 09:02, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 3) You can't really understand what they say just reading them alone, even for English speaking Wookieepedians. Better off to hear the name in advance. -- Riffsyphon1024 09:05, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
    • Aaahh.... IPA's not that difficult to read. Any old dictionary should have instructions regarding how to read IPA. An alternative would be having actual sound files with the pronunciation online. KEJ 09:12, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
      • Actually, I was thinking of starting a "Spoken article" project...maybe some of the articles with known pronunciations could be among the first articles for the launch of the project? StarNeptuneTalk to me! 12:24, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
        • Spoken article? Please elaborate :-) KEJ 14:30, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
          • It would be based on this. Having different people read articles would help non-English speakers hear the variation in accents and pronunciations that English speakers have. StarNeptuneTalk to me! 15:56, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
            • Interesting. Who would read the articles out loud? KEJ 16:09, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
              • Whoever volunteers for the project. People who volunteer can pick which articles they want to read (although I pity whoever picks There would be a page where it is listed where who is recording what article to avoid duplicates, and a category containing all the spoken articles recorded so far. StarNeptuneTalk to me! 16:15, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
                • But would it be only native speakers of English? And only speakers of a certain variety of English? KEJ 18:55, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
                  • No, anyone who can read English is welcome. There would probably be an identifying tag on the audio file letting people know what accent the person reading the file has. StarNeptuneTalk to me! 02:42, 10 July 2006 (UTC)
  • I volunteer. I'll do Xendor, Legions of Lettow, anything from the obscure early eras, and Mith'ra'nuruodo (hell yeah!). Darth Anarcus 16:21, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
  • What happens if the pronunciation for a word is questionable, as in written only sources? -Finlayson 00:48, 10 July 2006 (UTC)
    • That's why I suggest doing the "Known pronunciations" category first. If a pronunciation is questionable, it's best to leave it alone unless there is evidence (be it from an audiobook or an answer from Leland Chee) as to what it may be. StarNeptuneTalk to me! 02:42, 10 July 2006 (UTC)
      • But there are already some problems with known pronunciations. There appear to be to ways, for instance, or prononcing "Han": sometimes he's called /hæn/ (or like in 'hand' without the 'd') and Leia calls him /ha:n/ (or 'Hahn'). I thinks it's a great idea, but it's gonna be somewhat of a challenge. KEJ 06:35, 10 July 2006 (UTC)
  • Ooh, sounds like a challenge, but count me out since I spell great but can never pronounce anything right. Han will be tough since I've heard a few, and that whole deal with Thrawn, I lament the soul that has to tackle that. -- Riffsyphon1024 06:42, 10 July 2006 (UTC)
    • Here's an easy one I did to start:
      Geonosis droid foundries
      . RMF 03:40, 14 July 2006 (UTC)
      • This sounds like a great idea. -LtNOWIS 05:22, 15 July 2006 (UTC)
        • An excellant idea -not only would people be able to finally pronounce Tycho Celchu, but it also creates an opportunity to open up wookieepedia to sight-impaired fans. Perhaps some of the vollunteers who read for the blind could be approached to assist?Tocneppil 22:39, 15 July 2006 (UTC)
  • So, with the written word Padmé, do we go with the pronunciation "Pádme" (general version) or "Pád-uh-me", as our friend Ani calls her?

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