How do you pronounce "Versailles?"

Mar 17th, 1999, 07:35 AM
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Ben
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How do you pronounce "Versailles?"

Some Parisians seem to pronounce it "Vur-SIZ," with a slight "s" on the end. Is this
correct?
 
Mar 17th, 1999, 08:18 AM
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Are you sure they were Parisians?
Accents can differ of course, but the standard French pronunciation is
close to:
Ver-sigh.
 
Mar 17th, 1999, 08:24 AM
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martha
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Actually, I was told--by an actual French person--that the French often pronounce the last letter of place names so you'll know what they're talking about. (Evidently relying on context for other topics is an acceptable risk.)
We seem to be avoiding the whole issue of how to pronounce a French R.
 
Mar 17th, 1999, 08:35 AM
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I thought about that but can't think how to explain that back of the throat sound in writing.

Ben, Versailles is a common enough word that even if you pronounce it
"a l'americain" I'm sure you'll be understood.
 
Mar 17th, 1999, 09:33 AM
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To be precise, I heard an art history professor (a Frenchman) in The Louvre say "Ver-size." That's why I was questioning it. Thank you.
 
Mar 17th, 1999, 09:36 AM
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Richard
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i think it is ver-sail-less
 
Mar 17th, 1999, 11:39 AM
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gene
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Richard, I think that pronunciation would qualify as very "valley yankee." ;-)
 
Mar 17th, 1999, 11:47 AM
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Tony Hughes
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If you are referring to the town in Kentucky then it should be pronounced 'Vur-sayles' BUT I suspect you mean the place in France and so the correct pronunciation is the one provided by Elaine.
 
Mar 18th, 1999, 09:00 AM
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Sarah
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From a student taking French...
"vair sigh"
 

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