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How is s pronounced in Latin?

Is it true that s is pronounced like z when it’s between two vowels? Like in quaeso, miser, etc.

July 7, 2020

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Not in the Classical pronunciation. It is always an S sound rather than a Z. Occasionally you'll hear it pronounced in the recorded audio as a Z between two vowels, and maybe at the end of a word, however. S pronounced as Z between vowels may be a feature of Ecclesiastical pronunciation.


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I know in ecclesiastical pronunciation s is pronounced as z between two vowels. I was just wondering whether it’s the case in classical pronunciation. By saying “occasionally”, did you mean that there’s no way, no rules to know if s is pronounced as z?


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The rule is that S is always pronounced S, not Z, in the classical pronunciation. When it's pronounced as Z, that's a falling away from the ideal. However, you'll find that you hear plenty of accents that are not quite ideal but are quite understandable.

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