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Topic: Pronouncing "Chebyshev"
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W. Dale Hall

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Re: Pronouncing "Chebyshev"
Posted: Oct 8, 2002 6:30 PM
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James the Lurker wrote:
> My statistics teacher and I are at odds as how to "Chebyshev" is
> pronounced. She says "Cheh bee' chev". I say "Cheh' bih shov". I
> realize that both or neither of these could be correct, but if anyone
> knows the preferred way to say, I'd be grateful for an answer.
> Many thanks,
> --James

I say "Cheh bih shef" with stress on first syllable.

If stress were on final syllable, "Cheh bih shof" might be correct.

In Russian, the letter "yo" (it resembles the letter e with an umlaut
over it) that would make the final syllable "shof" does not carry the
"o" sound in an unstressed syllable; in that context, it becomes "yeh".

There are certainly more authoritative speakers/readers of Russian out
there; I would of course defer to their pronouncements (not to mention
their pronunciations).


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