A Conversation for History of the Celts
Princess Bride Started conversation Mar 20, 2000
I am from the states and therefore don't really know how to pronounce Celts. Is it a hard k sound or soft s sound? Please don't think I'm stupid for asking, but people are very vehement on both sides of this argument and I thought someone would know. Thanks!
Bran the Explorer Posted Mar 22, 2000
Not a stupid question at all ... the accepted pronounciation today is with a hard c, as in the k-sound. (Notwithstanding the name of a soccer team). The actual word Celt is Latin in origin (would you believe), and Latin uses a hard c. In the modern Celtic languages, by happy coincidence, c is also hard. So ... it all fits in nicely.
Hope this all makes sense.
Princess Bride Posted Mar 23, 2000
Underground Caroline Posted May 2, 2000
In reply to your question on how Celts should be pronounced - its a hard 'k' sound. I believe that the reasoning behind this pronunciation is that the various Celtic languages of Europe favoured a hard 'k' when pronouncing C at the beginings of words - and most still do. I have a masters degree in Celtic History, so I hope i haven't got this wrong after five years of study!
Caroline, Edinburgh, Scotland
Princess Bride Posted May 2, 2000
Thanks so much- and I will definitely say that since you got a degree in it, you are right. Thanks for the info!
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