by Carole Losee © 2005-2020

ELIZABETH SEEGER'S

THE RAMAYANA


PRONUNCIATION OF PROPER NAMES

 

As a general rule:

a = ah, as in father

e = ay, as in obey

i = ee, as in police

o = o, as in hole

u = oo, as in rule

ai or ay = y, as in cry

au = ow, as in now

In order to avoid further difficulty, no distinction has been made between the long and the short vowels.

Indian names are often accented in a way that Western readers do not expect. It is assumed in this book that proper names are accented on the next-to-last syllable unless otherwise indicated. The exceptions have been given an accent mark on the stressed syllable.

 

Seeger, The Ramayana, Print edition, op. cit., p. xix


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