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Is the first A in Calla a long a or a short a?

Discussion in 'The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla' started by The Walkin Dudemar, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. Do you say Cah-la or Caw-la?
     
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  2. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Or Kya?

    Spanish speakers: You know, the way you would pronounce calle.

    Ki-yay
     
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  3. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...Call-uh....that's what my brain hears....
     
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  4. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    That's the way I always read it.
    Just the way it's spelled.

    Cal Ah

    Of course, I always pronounced Sauron as Saw Ron, until those movies came out and Peter Jackson insisted that Tolkien (who was a linguist) wanted it pronounced Sow Ron.

    Ultimately, I suppose it doesn't matter.
     
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  5. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    I've always read it like "The Calla Lilies are in bloom.".
     
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  6. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...only if he'd been waiting for a table at a restaurant in Rivendell....
     
  7. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

  8. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    C-al-u
    Al - like the name Al
    U - like in the word up
     
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  9. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Like voila.
     
  10. Debbie913

    Debbie913 Well-Known Member

    Call-uh. :) SK actually said so in the book, yes? At least that's my memory. Although, it is time to read them again.
     
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  11. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta Tester Moderator

    Well, I think I'll not even bother trying because... what I say, will not be what you hear... :laugh:
     
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  12. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...to bastardize a quote from Aliens-"In Cyberspace, no-one can hear you mispronounce"......
     
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  13. Randolph Carter

    Randolph Carter Active Member

    thanks for asking. At first I thought it was Kay-a, but then a comparison was made to Father Callahan's name in the text.
     
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  14. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Yep, think Callahan.
     
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  15. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Yippy ki-yay (cow patty).
     
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  16. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Interesting - I did not know Tolkien was a linguist. I think it would be interesting to study linguistics.
     
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  17. Smooth

    Smooth Well-Known Member

    That's one of the things I love about reading King! So many of his stories have words which are open to interpretation in regard to their pronunciation. For me, it becomes even more real, it makes the story even better when it's almost personalized like that. It sounds how I want it to sound. :joyous:
     
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  18. fljoe0

    fljoe0 Cantre Member

    A little name change and the product placement money could be astronomical for a movie.

    Wolves of Coca-Calla
     

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