https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenjaminRe1

How's the pronunciation of V in latin? Like a W or the Spanish, Italian and English V pronunciation?

I'm new to Latin and I'd like to know what's the correct pronunciation of the letter V. For example, should I pronounce the word Vir as "wir" or "vir"?

August 31, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karasu4

Always as 'w'.

Or think of it as a short u-sound. Like the Romans did. They didn't even have separate letters for u and v.

'Uvula' for instance, would, in typical upper-case inscription style be written as

VVVLA

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daal39
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Also a beginner here. It seems that VVVLA would be a lot easier to pronounce if the middle V was spoken like an English V. To my ears, pronouncing the v as a w seems odd, as there is a v sound in most (all?) Romance languages. Is this pronunciation an American thing?

September 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JimKillock

It's well attested. Here's a set of references on Stack Exchange

You'll see evidence includes transliterations of Latin in Ancient Greek, and puns by Cicero.

September 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JimKillock

It does depend on preference. Later Latin, or even Latin that sounded rustic to Cicero, would have used a "v" sound. So it depends really, how you want to sound, and quite a lot of continental Europeans who otherwise use the classical system use "v", not least because "w" is harder if you are German, Dutch, Italian, French or Spanish …

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robert-Alexan

It's just an approximation, but I often picture it like in the French oui.

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maisiemoomagic

W

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Windrammer

In Church Latin? /v/. In classical pronunciation? /w/.

September 3, 2019
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