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    How to Pronounce Irminsul

    Is it ear-min-sol or I-r-min-sol-thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalhex View Post
    Is it ear-min-sol or I-r-min-sol-thanks
    Here in Germany, we call it "Ir-min-sul". As the place of the Irminsul was in today´s Germany, you should go with the German pronunciation.

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    Ir-min-sul in Norwegian as well =)

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    Irminzuil in Dutch.
    ''Ginds de Waal, daar weer de IJssel, dan de Maas en ook de Rijn. Geeft ons recht om heel ons leven trots op Gelderland te zijn.''

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    thanks for responses

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    Well, the Irminsūl stood in what is now Germany, to be sure, but it was a Saxon sanctuary. It was an Old Saxon name and not an Old High German name.

    Both the i's in the name were probably pronounced as in English ill, i.e. short and in the back of the throat. The r in the name was probably an alveolar trill, i.e. a rolling r, like a Scotsman would pronounce it. See at the top right of this page for a good sample of that r. The ū in the name was long, so -sūl rhymed with English rule, except maybe with a slightly differently pronounced l. American English has a fairly 'thick' l and the l in Old Saxon (and so in this name) might have been 'thinner'.

    In short, just pronounce it as Irr-min-sool, with a rolling r.

    (I'm afraid Donar Eijk is incorrect in saying the Dutch version would be Irminzuil. In Modern Dutch, it would be Ermenzuil. Compare the Old Saxon placename Irminlô, which is now known as Ermelo, the Netherlands.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anlef View Post

    (I'm afraid Donar Eijk is incorrect in saying the Dutch version would be Irminzuil. In Modern Dutch, it would be Ermenzuil. Compare the Old Saxon placename Irminlô, which is now known as Ermelo, the Netherlands.)
    Yes You are Right about that. Thanks
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    In modern German it should be roughly "earr-mean-sool(oo like in 'stool')". The r has to be slightly rolled as Anlef said.
    At least that's how I pronounce it.

    Oh and btw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmDas...eature=related
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    The way I'd do it is with a long I-r(uvular R)min (as in minimum)-sul (as in stool) with an alveolar L, not the upper dental you use in english.
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