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How to pronounce Lebesgue ?

  1. Apr 23, 2009 #1
    How to pronounce "Lebesgue"?

    Like the title says how do I pronounce Lebesgue?
     
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  3. Apr 23, 2009 #2

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    Re: How to pronounce "Lebesgue"?

    Unless the name has been anglicized, it should be pronounced le-BECK
     
  4. Apr 23, 2009 #3
    Re: How to pronounce "Lebesgue"?

    I'm worried about "Stieltjes".
     
  5. Apr 23, 2009 #4
    Re: How to pronounce "Lebesgue"?

    "STEELT-yes", as far as I know.
     
  6. Apr 28, 2009 #5
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    Any chance i can hijack and get a Noether? =]
     
  7. Apr 28, 2009 #6
    Re: How to pronounce "Lebesgue"?

    For sure! :) It's German. The "th" is pronounced like a pure "t" but I think the "oe" is difficult to pronounce for English speakers. What comes closest could perhaps be the sound of the "o" in "word" or the "i" in "Sir" but that's still not completely what it sounds like.
     
  8. Apr 28, 2009 #7
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    And please don't stress the rrrrr as many Amerrrricans tend to do :smile:
     
  9. Apr 28, 2009 #8

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    Re: How to pronounce "Lebesgue"?

    Lebesgue is a French name. According to wikipedia it is prononced [ləˈbɛg]. So it is not "le-BECK" as stated here, but rather "Le beg". Here the first "e" doesn't have a good equivalent in the English language while the second "e" is almost pronounced as when you read "beg".
    For a French speaker, it is pronounced as if there were no "s".
     
  10. Apr 28, 2009 #9

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    I am a native french speaker and I agree with everything in fluidistic's post.

    How about Pontryagin (also spelled Pontrjagin) huh?
     
  11. Apr 28, 2009 #10
    Re: How to pronounce "Lebesgue"?

    Simply: Pontr ya gin (with a bit of a rolling r if you can manage)
     
  12. Apr 28, 2009 #11

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    I had never looked at it that way. I was stubornly trying Pon try agin, which in french sounds even worst than english.
     
  13. Apr 28, 2009 #12

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    Re: How to pronounce "Lebesgue"?

    Maybe in France, things are different. Here in Maine we have a huge population of French-Canadian transplants, and the "le" is not accented. Lebesque is pronounced le BECK and Levesque is pronounced le VECK. The "e" in "le" is very short and is practically rolled over.

    You should hear what people do to my mother's maiden name (Dionne) and her uncle's family name (Paradis). It's painful.
     
  14. Apr 28, 2009 #13

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    turbo-1, that's a 'g' in Lebesgue, not a 'q'!

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    I've always wondered about the pronunciation of Urysohn. My Ukranian friend pronounces it "Uri-shown", whereas just about everyone else pronounces it "Uri-son". Any ruskis around to comment?
     
  15. Apr 28, 2009 #14

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    Thanks, thought it was a typo in the OP. There are a LOT of French names here that end in "esque"
     
  16. Apr 28, 2009 #15

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    Re: How to pronounce "Lebesgue"?

    Hey turbo, basically I was saying that it is pronounced with a final "EG" and not "ECK". It seems you made a typo as dvs showed.
    I'm from Québec (but lived also a big part of my life in France) so I can imagine the French influence in Maine. By the way I've an Irish name so you can imagine how French and Argentine people pronounce my name.
     
  17. Apr 28, 2009 #16
    Re: How to pronounce "Lebesgue"?

    I will add the "oe" should pronounced as in Goering. It is pronounced just as "e" is pronounced in French, for example in "Le".
     
  18. Apr 28, 2009 #17

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    Re: How to pronounce "Lebesgue"?

    I went to school with a girl whose last name was "Pelky". Her father couldn't speak or write English when he came to Maine, and the idiot who was setting up payroll, SS records, etc didn't bother to consult a French-speaking person to ask how to spell "Pelletier".
     
  19. Apr 29, 2009 #18
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    Hmmm, I was listening to a math major talk about his experiences at uni last week and he mentioned Lebesgue integration. He pronounced it La beg, where beg sounds like bagel without the el. Excuse my poor and possibly ludicrous explanation.
     
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