Weblog entry #12 for mcortese

Pronunciation
Posted by mcortese on Thu 23 Apr 2009 at 14:15
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A poll showed up on this site some time ago about how "Debian" is pronounced.

Now I've just noticed that this question is answered, at last, on the About page and the answered is /'de.bi.ən/

Whether this is short-e, long-e, or what else, remains a mystery for us non English speakers (and is indeed the reason why IPA was defined in the first place).

 

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Posted by Anonymous (217.216.xx.xx) on Thu 23 Apr 2009 at 18:27
For non English speakers but Spanish speakers is pretty simple.

Debian. Straight pronuntiation and with accent (emphasis) on the "e".

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Posted by randallb (74.94.xx.xx) on Tue 28 Apr 2009 at 21:36
On the About page, it also says that it is named after it's creator (Ian) and his wife (Debra). So, assuming that one knows how to pronounce those names, pronouncing the name of the distro the way it was intended shouldn't be difficult.

However, I too question their choice of using non-IPA notation.

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Posted by Anonymous (217.91.xx.xx) on Mon 4 May 2009 at 12:04
To me this looks like IPA...

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Posted by mcortese (20.142.xx.xx) on Mon 4 May 2009 at 17:09
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Indeed it is. I was referring to a poll that showed up on this site some times ago where the options were totally meaningless to me and other non-English speakers.

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Posted by Anonymous (78.32.xx.xx) on Wed 6 May 2009 at 08:56
Debian came from the two names of the (then) couple; Debra and Ian (Murdock). How do you pronounce Ian in your country?

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Posted by mcortese (20.142.xx.xx) on Thu 21 May 2009 at 18:14
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Ian is not an Italian word. There's not such a thing as an "official" pronunciation of foreign words.

However, this has no importance. There is a clearly stated official pronunciation for Debian, which is /'de.bi.ən/.

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