The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0353 Monday, 24 February 2003
Date: Sunday, 23 Feb 2003 22:17:40 +0000
Subject: 14.0333 Re: Henry VI Part 1 Questions
Comment: Re: SHK 14.0333 Re: Henry VI Part 1 Questions
Drian Willis writes:
>Frequently, as I know is certainly the case in King John and Henry V,
>having performed the Bastard and Henry in those plays, the French and
>English pronounce the Dauphin in different ways. Usually scanning the
>meter helps one determine how they pronounce it. The speech of the
>French characters places the stress on the second syllable - Do-FAN.
The metre *never* requires endstress on "Dauphin", which is pretty
consclusive proof that Shakespeare intended a consistently
proparoxytonic pronunciation: DAUphin.
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