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At 2:28 pm -0500 18/10/00, Patrick Dunn wrote:
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>That would almost be enough to get me into a Catholic church.  Only
>problem is, I think church Latin pronounciation is ugly.

Only as ugly as Italian!

>I prefer
>reconstructed classical Latin pronounciation.  That, I think, is truly
>beautiful.

Maybe, but utterly anachronistic. It would destroy the rhymes of many
medieval hymns (the Classical Romans wrote so very few!).  It would be like
using a Middle English Chaucerian pronunciation for a ceremony in modern
English.

Ray.

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