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Syl-day-via or Syl-dah-via?

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#11 · Posted: 10 Oct 2004 14:35
Syldavia's an English invention, afaik.

Anyway, just to show off my amazing knowledge of linguistics, mines is [sIldevija] as opposed to [sIldAvija]. :P :P :P
#12 · Posted: 10 Oct 2004 16:26 · Edited by: Admin
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#13 · Posted: 14 Oct 2004 14:56
derSailer said:
I think, as Syl-dah-via is meant to be an east-european country, like the baltics, Czechia, Slovak Rep. it would be pronounced with the dah - to use the slavic-language-style (Slovakian, Czech, Russian)
like Slo-Vah-Kia, or is there anyone calling this country Slo-Vay-Kia??

I think you're probably right although we tend to anglicise some place names - e.g Ro-may-nia and Transly-vay-nia. Hergé may even have based Syldavia on Romania according to this article in French.
#14 · Posted: 14 Oct 2004 17:00
“Syl-day-via” also fits well with fact that it bears more than a passing resemblence to “Ruri-tay-nia” in the Zenda books of Anthony Hope - a battle for succession and confusion with twins appear there too. The French transliterated the country to “Ruritanie”, so MT&LLC have sort of repaid the compliment.

And a quick thumbs up to Finlay for the phonetic interpretation!

Jock123 (MA Hons. Eng. Lang. & Lit.)
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#15 · Posted: 14 Oct 2004 17:41
MT&LLC have sort of repaid the compliment

I have the Eagle version of “Ottokar” (1951-52) and it is called Syldavia there too. The translation is actually not as bad as I thought it would be and includes the inspired choice of the Thom(p)sons for the detectives names.
#16 · Posted: 14 Oct 2004 19:51
Just so you know: that particular phonetic interpretation (in general) only works for my dialect; people from other parts of the world might want to use [eI] in place of [e]. Also, I would normally put in more detail than that.

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