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    Pronunciation of ye

    Hello everybody
    I listened to the pronunciation of the archaic article ye on an on-line dictionary and I found it was pronounced exactly like the.
    Is this pronunciation correct or might it just be a recording mistake?
    Thank you

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    Re: Pronunciation of ye

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    That's where I found the pronunciation. The problem is that the record pronounces it just like the but the written pronunciation is this:
    ye1 (THē, yē)
    So, it looks like two different pronunciation are allowed but I'm not sure about this.

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    Re: Pronunciation of ye

    There are two ye's, ye1 (article) and ye2 (pronoun). The first one, the article, has two pronunciations, the and ye, but its true form is the. I quote (same source):
    "The word ye in such signs looks identical to the archaic second plural pronoun ye, but it is in fact not the same word. Ye in “Ye Olde Coffee Shoppe” is just an older spelling of the definite article the. The y in this ye was never pronounced (y) but was rather the result of improvisation by early printers.

    However, the modern revival of the archaic spelling of the has not been accompanied by a revival of the knowledge of how it was pronounced, with the result that (yē) is the usual pronunciation today."
    Scroll down the same page (Answers.com) and you'll see:

    ye2 (yē)
    pron.

    (used with a pl. verb) Archaic. You.
    (used with a sing. verb) Archaic. You.

    [Middle English, from Old English gē.]
    Does that help?

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    Re: Pronunciation of ye

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    There are two ye's, ye1 (article) and ye2 (pronoun). The first one, the article, has two pronunciations, the and ye, but its true form is the. I quote (same source):
    "The word ye in such signs looks identical to the archaic second plural pronoun ye, but it is in fact not the same word. Ye in “Ye Olde Coffee Shoppe” is just an older spelling of the definite article the. The y in this ye was never pronounced (y) but was rather the result of improvisation by early printers.

    However, the modern revival of the archaic spelling of the has not been accompanied by a revival of the knowledge of how it was pronounced, with the result that (yē) is the usual pronunciation today."
    Scroll down the same page (Answers.com) and you'll see:

    ye2 (yē)
    pron.

    (used with a pl. verb) Archaic. You.
    (used with a sing. verb) Archaic. You.

    [Middle English, from Old English gē.]
    Does that help?
    Yes, it does. Thank you very much.

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    Re: Pronunciation of ye

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    Hello everybody
    I listened to the pronunciation of the archaic article ye on an on-line dictionary and I found it was pronounced exactly like the.
    Is this pronunciation correct or might it just be a recording mistake?
    Thank you
    It does rhyme with one of the forms of 'the'. The pronunciation is /yi:/

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