2020-01-11 06:18:04 UTC
What is the correct pronunciation for the first name of the New Zealand
mystery writer Ngaio Marsh? I have heard Nie-oh, with a long I in the first
syllable, a long O in the second, and the G silent. However, we typically
get silent letters as in "tough" when the pronunciation of a word changes over
time but the spelling doesn't follow suite. Tough, cough, and plough were all
phonetic spellings at one time, but only plough has changed spelling with the
accepted variant plow. Since Ngaio is a Maori word transliterated into English
it would seem strange that it would be assigned a silent letter. Does the G
possibly represent a non-English sound such as a glottal stop?
My thanks in advance for any information about this.