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Pronunciation of Lyell
July 31, 2015 10:45AM
I am listening to an interesting series of lectures on Victorian England, and one of the lectures has been about the key scientists of the age, including Charles Lyell, after whom a few features in Yosemite are named. But I was surprised to learn that he pronounced his name Li-YELL, with a clear accent on the second syllable.

I've always pronounced it, and heard it pronounced as if it were a cotton: Lisle.

Any other names you can think of Yosemite that have a similar confusion?



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July 31, 2015 11:44AM
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balzaccom
Any other names you can think of Yosemite that have a similar confusion?
Conness.
Re: Pronunciation of Lyell
July 31, 2015 04:01PM
Good point. Having known one of his descendants who was named for him....he pronounced it Con-NESS.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/31/2015 09:23PM by balzaccom.
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July 31, 2015 04:30PM
Balzaccom, that day we passed each other on the trail near Little Devil's Postpile, my daughter and I later passed a family asking if this was the way to GLEEN aw-LEEN...

The proper pronunciation of Merced also is not intuitive for many from outside California.
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July 31, 2015 01:22PM
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balzaccom

Any other names you can think of Yosemite that have a similar confusion?


Pate Valley, possibly.
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July 31, 2015 06:47PM
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plawrence
Pate Valley, possibly.

As in Chick-on?
Re: Pronunciation of Lyell
July 31, 2015 02:27PM
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balzaccom
Any other names you can think of Yosemite that have a similar confusion?

Yosemite itself, second part being pronounced like in termite.
Re: Pronunciation of Lyell
July 31, 2015 03:31PM
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balzaccom
Any other names you can think of Yosemite that have a similar confusion?

Tresidder
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July 31, 2015 06:48PM
Re: Pronunciation of Lyell
August 02, 2015 08:35AM
Mokelumne,

Oops after I re-read the OP calling for place names in Yosemite, Mokelumne doesn't count.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/02/2015 08:38AM by cmon4day.
Re: Pronunciation of Lyell
August 03, 2015 09:59AM
I always thought it was Lie-al. Tuolumne . I heard someone pronounce it as Twoloomenee
Re: Pronunciation of Lyell
August 03, 2015 02:28PM
There's always a debate over prounouncing "Nevada" as in Nevada Falls or Sierra Nevada. The residents of that state say it's pronounced - Na-va-duh. Not Na-vahhh-duh.
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August 03, 2015 02:44PM
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Mom
There's always a debate over prounouncing "Nevada" as in Nevada Falls or Sierra Nevada. The residents of that state say it's pronounced - Na-va-duh. Not Na-vahhh-duh.


It should be pronounced as NEH - va (as in bad) - duh, and not NEH - vuh (as in duh!) - duh.

Re: Pronunciation of Lyell
August 04, 2015 08:16PM
Yes, not the Spanish pronunciation.
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