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Re: Pronunciation of Pasties
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1051  Tuesday, 22 June 1999.

From:           Dale Coye <
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Date:           Monday, 21 Jun 1999 19:06:38 EDT
Subject: 10.1002 Re: Pronunciation of Pasties
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1002 Re: Pronunciation of Pasties

My survey of Shakespeare professors in the UK and US showed that in the
US the pronunciations with the A of  PAT and the A of PASTE were evenly
distributed.  In the UK the A of PAT was used by the majority but even
there some used the A of PASTE, which is the newer pronunciation, based
on the analogy of PASTRY.   Though some sourcebooks list a British
pronunciation with the A of  FATHER, my survey did not turn it up-it may
be archaic.  The pronunciation with the A of PAT would be my
recommendation.

Dale Coye
The College of NJ
"Pronouncing Shakespeare's Words: A Guide from A to Zounds"-- Greenwood
Press.
 

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