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    Concerning the pronunciation of the word "science", is the "c" silent or the "s"?
    (I know the correct pronunciation of this word /saɪəns/

    ---- I am not asking about that)

    I know that the letter "c" is pronounced as "s" if it is followed by "i"; Like the word cinema.
    Last edited by sash2008; 03-Aug-2009 at 14:47.

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    Re: c

    It's kind of a "one hand clapping" question, but we can see that in Latin, it was pronounced more like [ski 'en tia], and then in Vulgar Latin and Italian the [k] became a fricative.... So we may think of the c as being silent, and not really related to the c in cinema, which was from the Greek Kappa in kinoma.

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