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03 Oct 2007, 11:16 am

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Great, now we've got that sorted. Which syllable is stressed?

ASPerger?
asPERger?
asperGER?
:roll:


I think it's the initial "a", the antepenultimate syllable, which is stressed.


I've been wondering about that too. I always thought it were pronounced as ASperger, but after watching "Mozart and the Whale" and the "House"-episode with the autistic boy I saw that in both they pronounced it AsPERger in German. Doesn't make much sense to me though, for I'm sure no one would pronounce a German (or Austrian) last name like that.


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03 Oct 2007, 11:47 am

xyzyxx wrote:
Which syllable is stressed?


The second; aspErger - at least that'd be my intuitive preference.



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03 Oct 2007, 12:41 pm

Zwerfbeertje wrote:
The A is much like the a in 'ash',
the 's' is rather normal,
... 'Asp' is much like the english, 'asp'
the 'per' sounds much like the 'per' in 'perish'
and the 'ger' is similar to the 'ger' ending in words like burger


Between the US and the UK, we often pronouce the short "a" differently. I think that we pronounce the short "a" the same in the word "wasp". Is it like the "a" in "wasp?"



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03 Oct 2007, 1:59 pm

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I first heard of Asperger's last June 21, when my supervisor taunted me by telling me that I had "Ass Burgers." She had only heard about it probably the same day, from a psychologist who works in the same place and who told her that I had Asperger's.

Is the A pronounced the way that most North Americans pronounce the short a? Or is it more of an "ah" sound?

The "p" should be pronounced as a "p", rather than a "b", shouldn't it?

And, is the "g" a hard "g", as in "go", or a soft "g", as in "cage"?

It does seem weird, to have been considered as weird or eccentric my whole life, or as a "dork" in my younger days, suddenly to have this revealed to me when I am 48. I had no idea that I was this obvious.

Anyway, what is the correct pronounciation? I hope that it really isn't "Ass Burgers"


Hahns Ahsperger

The G is almost ALWAYS hard like "guten tag"(gooten tahg) (good day) The G in good day is the same as well. The e is almost always like the e in ten. The R is a soft R, almost like the R in air. In fact, hahns ahspairgair is close. OH YEAH, the p is a P! Like pear, pair,pal, or "Poltergeist" ANOTHER german word adopted into english. The r is the english variant is usually harder than german but, otherwise, the english is JUST like the german. German IS very phonetic. There are some dipthongs that are ignored in german (Like 'th' being a t like try). There are some like 'ie' and 'ei'(Look at geist above! It is the german word for ghost or spirit. The ei sounds like the i in ice. It is a long I. The ie as in the english word spiel(another german adoption) sounds like the ee in beet. ) that are pronounced different. Otherwise, the rules are pretty stable.



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04 Oct 2007, 1:42 am

I never really need to say it. I only write it.


I would be pissed if a psychologist told someone that I had AS. Even though I do have it, it's absolutely no one's business but my own.


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05 Oct 2007, 10:03 am

Maybe the correct pronunciation is similar to "asparagus."

Maybe we should make asparagus the official vegetable for the autistic spectrum.

If you put the accent on the second syllable, as in "asparagus", you get

" a spare grrr"

As in Heather (the Aspie on America's Next Top Model) puts the grrrr in Asper-grrrz

Does anyone have a spare grrr?



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03 May 2011, 7:47 pm

Weird. I always pronounced "Asperger's" more like "Osberger's". I think it sounds less offensive and more formal that way.



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03 May 2011, 7:56 pm

LostInSpace wrote:
xyzyxx wrote:
Zwerfbeertje wrote:
The A is much like the a in 'ash',
the 's' is rather normal,
... 'Asp' is much like the english, 'asp'
the 'per' sounds much like the 'per' in 'perish'
and the 'ger' is similar to the 'ger' ending in words like burger
Great, now we've got that sorted. Which syllable is stressed?

ASPerger?
asPERger?
asperGER?
:roll:


I think it's the initial "a", the antepenultimate syllable, which is stressed.


LostInSpace, you just made my day by throwing "antepenultimate" out there...



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11 Oct 2011, 6:17 pm

I've always pronounced it as "as-PER-jers" I think it's the standard NZ pronunciation, if anyone watches Shortland Street, that's how everyone on the show say it. (There's a surgeon on the show called Gabrielle, she has Asperger's)

RE-EDIT: I went on the site again and it pronounced it both ways. I think it can be hard g or soft g.


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11 Oct 2011, 6:58 pm

I pronounce it as..
asPERgurs, with a hard G.

the professionals I speak to about it usually pronounce it with a soft G, they say incorrectly on purpose I suspect because they don't like the way it sounds with a hard G. I've corrected them but they say it wrong anyway. Maybe they think I'll be offended if they say ass burgers.


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11 Oct 2011, 8:13 pm

I pronounce it as ASS-per-g(as in go)ers.

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11 Oct 2011, 9:34 pm

It's pronounced Ass-Ham-Burgers.

If you say it quickly, it soulds like Assenbergers. I believe this to be the most correct, as the Germans love to add -en to their words.

(yes, I'm joking)


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11 Oct 2011, 11:52 pm

I prefer as-ber-jers.



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12 Oct 2011, 12:17 am

Try listening to the pronunciation on Google Translate. If you type in 'Aspergers' and translated it from German to English it sounds like 'As-Per-Gers'. (G as in Germs.) However if you listen to the translation from English to German it sounds like 'Ahs-Pair-Gars'. I'm assuming the German pronunciation is more correct since it's a German name. ( I kind of like the German pronunciation better. I really hate how Americans always pronounce it as 'Ass-Burgers'. :?)



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12 Oct 2011, 12:37 am

This thread reminds me of how smart my sister is. She was telling me about that South Park episode & talked about the ass burgers joke. Then she said something like "I assume that's the name of the person who discovered it" & I'm like "exactly". Of course she used to study German so she's used to those types of names.