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Latin pronunciation

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PrettyCandlesAndTinselToo Sun 26-Dec-10 16:16:09

Is the C hard or soft in 'srongylocentrotus'?

onimolap Sun 26-Dec-10 16:23:32

There's more than one convention.

At school, I was taught hard "c" always.

But other conventions use soft and even "ch" (think " excelsis").

I've never come across the word you're after, so sorry not to be much help.

Metherbumfit Sun 26-Dec-10 16:47:28

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PrettyCandlesAndTinselToo Sun 26-Dec-10 18:16:17

Likewise, onimolap, hence my uncertainty.

And I mis-spelt it - should be sTrongylo etc.

littleducks Sun 26-Dec-10 18:21:20

Hard c in latin i though, it was always blooming Cerberus and Calcius when i was at school

LadyGlencoraPalliser Sun 26-Dec-10 18:38:45

Hard c in classical Latin, but Church Latin uses soft c (hence excelsis). Scientific nomenclature I am not so sure about, but would assume hard c if in doubt.

PrettyCandlesAndTinselToo Sun 26-Dec-10 20:27:21

Even science is inconsistent: caesium, calcium.

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