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Re: Pronouncing Petruchio
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2796  Monday, 10 December 2001

From:           Roger D. Gross <
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Date:           Friday, 7 Dec 2001 16:16:55 -0600
Subject:        Pronouncing Petruchio

Bruce and Larry,

What I can say with confidence is that the norm for this name is three
syllables, 1 & 3 emphasis, except in the very predictable situation of
the Last Word Variation.

Regarding the medial consonant sound, I grant you that my preference for
TROOK-yoh  is not based on solid evidence.  Bruce and Larrry's arguments
are interesting and plausible but there is no definitive evidence.  It's
an aesthetic judgment call.  I choose TROOK  because the texture of it
seems to me to represent the character better and because I can't stand
the TROOSH sound.  Also, I tend to honor the Italian when I can.  There,
I've confessed.  Please don't doubt my syllables because of my
consonants.

Roger Gross
U. of Arkansas

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