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Qs: Pronunciation of Petruchio; Shakespeare's
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0947.  Tuesday, 23 September 1997.

[1]     From:   Kathleen Campbell <
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        Date:   Monday, 22 Sep 1997 08:36:15 -0600
        Subj:   Pronunciation of Petruchio

[2]     From:   Roger Schmeeckle <
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        Date:   Monday, 22 Sep 1997 13:19:07 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Shakespeare's Vocabulary


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From:           Kathleen Campbell <
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Date:           Monday, 22 Sep 1997 08:36:15 -0600
Subject:        Pronunciation of Petruchio

A note following the list of Dramatis Personae in the Arden edition of
The Taming of the Shrew states that the name Petruchio should be
pronounced with a ch as in the English much, never with a k.  The guide
to Italian pronunciation I have, provided by a member of our language
department, gives only the k pronunciation for the ch in Italian.  I've
looked at a number of tapes of performances and have heard the k as much
or more than the ch.  Does anyone know the reason for the insistence on
the ch pronunciation?

Kathleen Campbell
Dept. of Communication Arts
Austin College

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From:           Roger Schmeeckle <
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Date:           Monday, 22 Sep 1997 13:19:07 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Shakespeare's Vocabulary

Can anyone supply me with the approximate number of words in
Shakespeare's vocabulary, as evidenced in the extant works?

Roger Schmeeckle
 

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