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Pronunciation of Catalan surnames in other languages
Thread poster: wagadugu
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Jan 20, 2006

Catalan orthography has some specific characteristics. For example, Roig and Puig are pronounced /rotch/ and /putch/, and 'ch' is pronounced /k/, 'x' is /sh/, so in fact ‘ch’ of Samaranch is not English or Spanish ‘ch’, but ‘k’.
But, in general, the surnames of Latin Americans of Catalan descent are pronounced like Spanish spelling, that is, Manuel Puig's surname is not /putch/ but /puig/. And I think the surname of Sylvia Rexach is not pronounced /reshak/ but /reksatch/, becuase she is Puerto Rican.
However, I am not sure whether Castilian-speakers in Spain are aware of the fact that Carles Rexach's surname should be pronounced /reshak/, or whether most Castilian-speakers are generally ignorant of Catalan pronunciation, so that they pronounce the surnames of Catalans (let alone Latin Americans of Catalan descent) as if they were Spanish.
I also wonder if French people pronounce the surname of Marie-Josée Roig as if it were French /rwa(g)/.

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