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Sep 23 2013, 12:25am

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It's hard to explain

Since I do not know which lingusitical sign to use to emphasize the difference between the sounds.

Do you know how someone would say the name Al? Like something short for Alfred or how the genie in Aladdin pronounces Al?

Versus how someone would say ah, for instance?

There is a slight inflection on the A in al or the name alf that doesn't appear in words like ah where the a is softer and more muted.

When Wood says it, it sounds like two words- Gand Alf, but when the other actors say it, it sounds like one flowing word- Gandalf, with just slightly more emphasis on the first syllable in the word.

I have no real way to explain it beyond that. If there are any linguists on here who can help illustrate what I am trying to explain, I would appreciate your help.... Frown

Suffice to say, they say it differently if you listen closely. It's like moving an accent in a word and changing the inflection of said word- Like Kili (where the accent is over the first I) vs Kili (the accent over the second I). It would change the pronunciation by making the emphasis on the second half of the word not the first.The syllable with the accent is drawn out just a tiny bit longer and with more emphasis than the syllable with out.

So Wood says Gandálf, not Gándalf...I know there isn't an accent for emphasis in the name, but every word has the emphatic syllable and the flat syllable regardless of accent presence, at least in the English language that I speak....

I hope you understand what I am trying to say.....

Race is meaningless. We all bleed red-no matter who or what we are. What matters is the heart. For each race has those with good hearts and those with bad hearts. You have a good heart. You do not deserve to die.

(This post was edited by Cirashala on Sep 23 2013, 12:28am)

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Post edited by Cirashala (Valinor) on Sep 23 2013, 12:28am

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