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Hi,

If someone could help me with this word, I'd be grateful. A sound file would be wonderful, but phonetic spelling (example: HELL-oh for Hello) would also work fine.

Thanks!

magu
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Welcome to the Forums, Magu.

I know nothing about old English pronunciation, but this site may help you in case there is nobody here familiar with that area: http://pages.unibas.ch/anglist/schiltz/data/oe_pronunciation_en.swf
What does "hlafmaese" mean btw?! (Just out of curiosity...)
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Hi LL,

The site (which looks like it originates in Switzerland?) doesn't come up for me...I tried pasting it in the browser, but no luck. Can you tell more about it, please?

magu
Hi Pemmican,

It has to do with some research I'm doing. "In England, August 1 was known as Lammas (from the Old English hlafmaese, "Loaf Mass"). In thanksgiving for a plentiful harvest, the faithful brought bread made from the first sheaves of grain to church for a blessing.

magu
http://www.kami.demon.co.uk/gesithas/OEsteps/pronounc.html

From this site, it appears that the pronunciation is

LLAFF-mazzeh

where "LL" is as in Welsh (sometimes described as unvoiced "L"), the first "A" is as in "swan", the second "a" as in "cat", the final "eh" as "e" in "bed".

CJ
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AnonymousHi Pemmican,

It has to do with some research I'm doing. "In England, August 1 was known as Lammas (from the Old English hlafmaese, "Loaf Mass"). In thanksgiving for a plentiful harvest, the faithful brought bread made from the first sheaves of grain to church for a blessing.

magu

That is interesting, I didn't know that. Thanks for the info!

Btw: I'm pretty sure, the "h" should also be pronounced (I expect a sound equal to the German "ch") - doesn't your source say anything about that?!
Hi Pemmican,

You're right about the sound, "niht" in Old English is pronunced as "nicht" in German. But if you look at the site that I provided you can see other options of "h" pronunciation. However, unfortunately "hl-" was not covered at that page, but it is exactly as CJ mentioned in the link he inserted. (Hope you enjoy listening to the Old English sounds!)
Thanks, CalifJim!

magu
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