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Transcription of Russian Names

Nature volume 110, page 635 (11 November 1922) | Download Citation



APART from the typographical objections to a Czech transcription of Russian, which have been pointed out by Lord Edward Gleichen, there are other difficulties in its use. From Prof. Brauner's examples his does not appear to be a uniform letterfor-letter system, at all events in the treatment of Russian “soft” vowels. For example, the letter, when initial, would presumably be transcribed ja, as in, jazyk ; but if it happens to follow, H or T, the letter j is dropped in the transcription and the Czech letters Ä, Å, , are employed, vide Prof. Brauner's examples Tatana, Dada. And how is Russian “soft“ P, which is represented in the Czech language by Å, pronounced rzh (r + French j), to be transcribed? For example, is to be rendered r̂ád, which gives the wrong pronunciation, or rjad, which is not Czech?

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