Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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RZX

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Merzah the mystic

Subj: Re: is the T in T'challa pronounced...
Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 at 04:24:21 pm EDT (Viewed 1 times)
Reply Subj: Re: is the T in T'challa pronounced...
Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:09:14 pm EDT (Viewed 1 times)


> > > ...or is it silent. i don't know if theres any printed info on this but i always imagined it as silent or at least swallowed (sounding like the consonant cluster in the word "fetch")
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> > > I think that sounds better than if he were TEE-challa. just my opinion. anyone know the answer one way or another?
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> > > thnx
> > > Merzah
> >
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> thnx, RXZ,
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> has this fact ever been noted in the comics. i wonder if the writers are even aware of it.
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> > Hey Merzah,
> >
> > The T in T'challa sounds like the consonant cluster in the word "fetch", it is very common in African names and languages, especially in central Africa, mostly in the case of of letters such as "M" and 'N" meaning that a name such as N'Turi will not be pronounced as EN-Tury, but will sound more like "Inturi".
> >
> > Not easy to explain unless you've heard it pronounced out loud. I hope it does help however.
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> actually, it made sense to me. in my own language we have a letter which somewhat resembles the soft "tch" cluster. it often comes at the beginnings of words which is why i suspected it might work that way in T'Challa's name, making it roll off ones tongue much more gently.
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> i also remember that robert howard (creator of conan) often used the M and N pre-fixes for his hyborian black characters. I wonder if he researched the backgrounds to give them authentic sounding names?
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> anyway, thanks for the answer
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No Problem Mezrah,

I assume Robert Howard may have done his research since the prefixes N and M are more common than the T; however, in the case of marvel, I am not sure if they did because it seems that they generalize that type of name with all types of prefixes, the example that almost make me laugh is "W'kabu", how the hell do you pronounce that? the N and M prfixes are very common, the T in frequent in terms of pronounciation, but the W, that was a first one for me.

What is your own language?

Peace


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