I’d say they’re pronounced long like in ‘we’ (wee), to emphasize its ‘distinctness’ : )
|| Actually the correct pronunciation is the latter the anon suggested and the “e” in ”Manwë” is pronounced like “egg”. There is no emphasis except for the umlaut, which is basically there just to remember people that the final letter has to be pronounced.
You’re right, I think using ‘we’ isn’t a good example and confuses things because the ‘e’ in ‘we’ is phonetically an i. Whereas the ‘e’ in Manwe is an ɛ, as you pointed out. But I don’t think that’s an umlaut though, more like a diaeresis.
I wonder if there’s a guide book on everything linguistic in Tolkien’s works. That would be so cool D:
Yeah, this is always a headache to do with English because of the vowels being nothing like what they are in most languages and most of them being diphthongs to boot (I blame the great vowel shift!). And yes, the two dots are a diaresis, to signify the vowel is pronounced - like in naïve, or Chloë/Zoë, or older spellings like coördinate or coöperate - not an umlaut, which would indicate that the sound has changed compared to the base vowel (umlaut literally meaning something like altered-sound in German.) Neither English nor Quenya does the latter, although as you might guess from the name German does.
In English, it’s usually to show separation, usually after another vowel to show that it is NOT a dipthong, to enunciate each separately. (It’s like that in all your English examples.) But in Quenya I have no fucking clue because I skimmed the parts on pronunciation and just made a vow to never say anything Elvish out loud and face humiliation.
Sorry that wasn’t very helpful, just saying that it appears to be using the dots differently from standard English usage too. Tolkien was just having a field day.
Another conservative/MRA reactionary talking point about women and women’s sexuality dismantled by science:
New research confirms that providing women access to free birth control does not result in women having sex with more partners — a false claim that has been repeatedly pushed and promoted by conservative media, and which contributes to their efforts to stigmatize women’s sexuality.
Providing women with no-cost contraception did not result in “riskier” sexual behavior (defined by the researchers as “sex with multiple partners”) but did reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions, according to a comprehensive studyfrom the Washington University School of Medicine.
And yes, it shouldn’t matter. But because of the stigmatizing rhetoric repeated over and over again by conservatives and men’s rights activists, they have made it matter.
Instead of, you know, focusing on actual men’s rights issues (or in the case of conservatives, creating jobs).
favourite character meme - relationships [1/3]
Monster lust problems.
If you’re refusing to support or even look into “Cosmos,” the kind of scientific educational programming that’s been desperately missing from America, because Seth Mcfarlane funded it and oh no, he also made a super terrible cartoon, you are kind of being completely ridiculous.
Science programming badly needs all the support it can get. Networks need to know that scientific facts and educational content can actually draw ratings and make money. It’s important as fuck.
Elä itke ruma lapsi, ota rusina