Latin short A?

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Latin short A?

Postby CKyle22 » 2009-08-11, 3:12

All the books I've read say that the Latin short A is pronounced as thus:

The A in "Dinah"
The first syllable of "aha!"

The problem is, I pronounce both of those as the A in "father" which is the Latin long A. I've also heard it's pronounced like a schwa. So how DO you pronounce a Latin short A?

(and all the vowels, if possible :))
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Re: Latin short A?

Postby KingHarvest » 2009-08-11, 3:26

The Latin short a is [a] and the long a is [a:], i.e. they're pronounced the same except the long a is pronounced twice as long. The other long vowels are the same as modern day Continental vowels and the short vowels are the same as the equivalent of the English short vowels.
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Re: Latin short A?

Postby CKyle22 » 2009-08-11, 4:06

Thanks SO much! I can finally start working and learning with Wheelock's now. That was driving me absolutely batshit crazy! Thankyouthankyou!
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