occasional observations on English pronunciation features, phonetics, teaching and learning
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Baltic port of Kiel
port of Kiel
John Wells drew my attention to a BBC Radio 4 series on WWI called "1914: Day by Day". In its first episode entitled "Omnibus" one of the presenters consistently pronounced the name of the German Baltic seaport Kiel as ['khiɛɫ]. I don't mind the dark ell nor would I mind a slight schwa, but a diphthong with an [ɛ]? Tsk, tsk! It's [khiːl].The presenter is Margaret MacMillan, Professor of International History at Oxford University; she should know better.
Listen to her making the following statement: "The British Navy is on a visit to the German base at the Baltic port of Kiel."
Thanks to Sidney Wood for pointing out some mistakes to me. I've tried to eradicate them.