Re: Looking for town sounding like"Severopoly" #general


Judith Romney Wegner
 

from looking over maps, I have found the towns of Simferopol and
Sevastopol in Crimea, Ukraine. Did these towns go by any other names? Are
there any other suggestions as to what this town could actually be? I was
also wondering if Russian town names ending in "pol" also could be
pronounced "pole-ee".
Here's my guess (but it is only a guess, and may be way off base):

(1) Unless you track down "Severopol", I would opt for its being a
corruption of "Simferopol." Passing down a couple of generations who no
longer spoke the language, one can easily imagine "Simferopol" morphing
into "Severopol" by dropping the rather weak "m" sound before the "f" and
of course the sound of "f" and the sound of "v" are very close. So,
unless you find a "Severopol" I would opt for a corruption of Simferopol.

(2) I don't know Russian, but I have noticed that one does find alternative
forms of names such as Anatol and Anatoly. >from that fact, I have
inferred that Russian/Ukrainian names ending in -ol are pronounced as
though the "l" were followed by an abrupt "y" sound This would not be
pronounced "ee" as in English but as a consonantal "y." Thus in
Simferopoly, the -y would probably be pronounced like the minimal sound
of "ia" in Californ-ia. )

JRW

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