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John Cowan wrote:
>
>=?iso-8859-1?q?bnathyuw?= scripsit:
>
> > now, could a russian/german correct me please (
> > especially, do germans pronounce the |h| in ludwig's
> > surname ? )
>
>Well, German unvoiced stops are aspirated like English ones, so in
>that sense, yes.  But th = t in German orthography, and indeed th
>was eliminated from almost all words except proper names in the
>orthographic reform of 1901: Noth > Not, thun > tun, etc.

Except when |th| denotes biphonemic /th/. Beethoven's name would be an
example; according to the pronunciation guides I can find, it's
['be:tho:f@n].

                                                      Andreas

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