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Editorial: Website clears up state pronunciations

7:38 PM, Dec. 18, 2012  |  Comments
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You can usually tell who's visiting from outside of Northeastern Wisconsin or who has just moved here when they attempt to pronounce Ashwaubenon. Or Allouez. Or Suamico.

The State Cartographer's Office is here to help. The office's new online map Pronounce Wisconsin lets you hear how more than 1,700 counties and communities in the state are pronounced.

Once you launch the program, you can click on different counties to hear how they're pronounced. You can then zoom in to see communities within each county. If you hover over each one of those, the program shows you the name of the community and gives you an audio pronunciation.

The State Cartographer's Office worked with Jackie Johnson, who created Misspronouncer.com, to develop this. Johnson's website is more extensive than state's as it includes pronunciations for government officials, state parks, Native American tribes, and even a tab for Election 2012.

The idea behind the project was to find a way "of spatially exploring the unique pronunciations of unincorporated places in Wisconsin." The origins of the project go back to when the State Cartographer's Office's was trying to map the unincorporated communities of the state.

Thus, communities like Sobieski are included in the online map. You could be forgiven if you looked at Sobieski and pronounced it So-BEE-es-key instead of SO-bis-key, but you wouldn't be any more understood, especially in Northeastern Wisconsin.

According to the State Cartographer's Office: "Printed pronouncing gazetteers have long been a staple of map libraries worldwide ? But these publications require users to be familiar with pronunciation marks, pronunciation respelling systems, or phonetic alphabets in order to decipher the correct pronunciation for a place."

This effort embraces new technology and makes the "pronouncing gazetteer" audible for those with Internet access and an interest in how to correctly pronounce, for example, "Namur" in Door County.

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