Briefly: Michael Gazzaniga

On NPR’s Morning Edition this morning, an announcement that Michael Gazzaniga (the psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist) would be the guest on this morning’s Forum show on KQED. The man’s name was pronounced

/ gàzǝnígǝ /

which is what you’d get if you took the pronunciation of the name in Italian and nativized it to English phonology. But in fact the man’s name is pronounced (in English)

/ gǝzǽnɪgǝ /

which is what you get from the spelling.

(I’m listening to the interview right now.)

The perils of trying to get things right.

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