31 Dec '15, 8am

'Eunoia' pronounced as four syllables in ancient Greek, says language expert

SINGAPORE - A Greek language expert has jumped into the fray and given his view about how the name of Singapore's newest junior college should be pronounced. Dr Francesco Perono Cacciafoco, research fellow at the Nanyang Technological University, from its school of humanities and social sciences, told The Straits Times on Thursday (Dec 31) that the correct pronunciation of "Eunoia" is "eh-yu-no-ya", with the stress on the first syllable. The Ministry of Education (MOE) had unveiled the name on Tuesday, saying that it was pronounced "yoo-noh-iea". The word, which means "beautiful thinking" and "goodwill towards others", was chosen as it resonated best with the college's vision, mission and values, it said. But the name, with Greek origins, caused some confusion about its pronunciation. Dr Perono Cacciafoco, who has a PhD in historical linguistics and Greek and Latin philolo...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/eunoia-pr...

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