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    Pronouncing Jacyna

    I'm reading some things written by a Professor Jacyna, who as far as I know is English. Talking about him is becoming an exercise on periphrasis... does someone know how his surname is pronounced?
    thank you a lot
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    Re: Pronouncing Jacyna

    The best I can do is a different man with the same name, who pronounces his name 'Jace-na'. MITRE | MITRE Fellows

    However, you'll have to wait until you find someone who knows your Jacyna to be sure.

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    Re: Pronouncing Jacyna

    If you're reading a book by the gastroenterologist Doctor Meron Jacyna of Saint Mark's Hospital, London, it's pronounced (3 syllables) Jah 'see nah (accent on the 2nd syllable).
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    Re: Pronouncing Jacyna

    Thanks for the very nice PM, Jed. I can't reply just yet - I need more posts.
    I removed the phone number from my post. I don't know what I was thinking - of course I shouldn't post phone numbers here. My apologies.
    Is there a way that you can do the same from the quote in your post?
    Thanks,
    John

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    Re: Pronouncing Jacyna

    Silly of me - I have done so.

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    Re: Pronouncing Jacyna

    This is certainly not the right answer, but just for the record: it's a Polish surname and if he were Polish, it would be pronounced /'jat͡sɨna/.

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    Re: Pronouncing Jacyna

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    This is certainly not the right answer, but just for the record: it's a Polish surname and if he were Polish, it would be pronounced /'jat͡sɨna/.
    You can almost guarantee that when English gets hold of a foreign name, the stress will be the first to go! I had a Polish schoolfriend called Patyna, and everyone (including him) said /pǝ'ti:nǝ/.

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    Re: Pronouncing Jacyna

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    You can almost guarantee that when English gets hold of a foreign name, the stress will be the first to go! I had a Polish schoolfriend called Patyna, and everyone (including him) said /pǝ'ti:nǝ/.

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    Oh my. It's true what you say, but not in this case... I put the ' in the wrong place. It's /ja't͡sɨna/. A strange typo -- sorry. Polish has very strict rules of accentuation and almost all words are paroxytonic.

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    Re: Pronouncing Jacyna

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    paroxytonic.
    Another new word for my collection, thank you.

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    Re: Pronouncing Jacyna

    Thank you all for your answers!
    Actually, 'my' Jacyna is Dr Stephen Jacyna of the University of Glasgow; anyway, I don't see why it shouldn't be pronounced the way you wrote... So I'll stick to your suggestions on the English pronounciation.
    Thank you also for the etymological note :)

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