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Re: Thurnwald/Turnvald/Turnwald/Turnvalt

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 4:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
I would suggest that the original spelling of this name was Thurnwald. In earlier days in German "th" was used instead of "t" with exactly the same pronounciation as "T" - e.g. "das Thal" (the valley) nowadays "das Tal" (the valley). In addition the "d" at the end of a word has a much sharper sound than the English "d" and at the end of a word sounds more like a "t". The variation in the spellings probably came because he was trying to simplify things in an English speaking country where these points were not known. Although he was born in Czechslovakia, which was created in 1919 from parts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, there were a lot of German speaking people there at that time and the name is obviously German not Czech. The Czech Republic only came into being in the 1990s when Slovakia split from Czechoslovakia and two republics, Czech and Slovakian were created. Hope this helps a bit.
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HartmannN 10 Oct 2012 3:53AM GMT 
ZlaticaBeca 10 Oct 2012 4:21AM GMT 
aksamitnik01 10 Oct 2012 4:40AM GMT 
halpark 10 Oct 2012 10:35PM GMT 
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