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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Do you know how that's actually pronounced, then? Have a go at it phonetically

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    Well the rep pronounced it Dee-v-alay, or De-valiaye (which is the one I would go for).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rigger67 View Post

    Anyway .. rambling aside, he ALWAYS pronounced the company name "Sonn-Ee", with the first part rhyming with "Don" and the second like the "y" in "Happy".
    Of course. Can't see how it could be pronounced any other way in any other language. It's a British prerogative to bugger up pronunciations. The 'o' is short, and I'd imagine that only in English can it be pronounced as the long 'o', as in 'oh' (dear). German comes close with the umlaut, but only close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Reed View Post
    Blimey ! That's a new one ! (mispronouncers?) DEVIALET is a good one. Is it French, as it sounds it? If so, it's 'DEV ee o lay', surely.
    Yes, I think your phonetic spelling is better but a instead of o - so ‘Dev ee a lay’

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Reed View Post
    . It's a British prerogative to bugger up pronunciations.
    Absolutely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Reed View Post
    The stress is on the first syllable. In 'pedantic', it's on the second.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Reed View Post
    Blimey ! That's a new one ! (mispronouncers?) DEVIALET is a good one. Is it French, as it sounds it? If so, it's 'DEV ee o lay', surely.
    Where d'you get the "o" sound from ??
    If it's French, it would be "Dev-ee-ah-lay".

    I've never said it out loud but always read it in my mind as a very Anglo "Dee-vee-ah-let"




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    Quote Originally Posted by YNWaN View Post
    Well the rep pronounced it Dee-v-alay, or De-valiaye (which is the one I would go for).
    Ok, let's look at the name concerned: 'Devialet'.

    'De', in French, would be pronounced as 'Deh', 'via' would be pronounced as 'vyah', and 'let' would be pronounced as 'lay', thus combined phonetically would be: 'Deh-vyah-lay'.

    In normal use, it certainly wouldn't be a 'Dee' sound at the beginning, so I suspect you misheard the rep (or wrongly remember how they pronounced it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Reed View Post
    . It's a British prerogative to bugger up pronunciations.
    Lol... It's also a British "prerogative" not to be arsed learning a foreign language! Lazy Brits

    How many here are fluent in any language other than English (or bullshit)?

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    The rep wasn’t French.

    This thread seems to have morphed into a somewhat pedantic discussion of phonetic spelling rather than pronouciation. By definition, phonetic spelling is very dependant on the accent (or mother tongue) of the speaker.

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