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"it's pronounced the way the bearer of the name wants it pronounced."

Unfortunately Martha Argerich herself sheds no light on the question. She seems to be quite comfortable with any pronunciations of her name.

As for how Marta/Martha is spelled in Argentina I have some limited personal experience with the name, my cousin and ex wife are both named Marta. They were named by Spanish speaking parents. But here is the tell tale thing. My ex wife's middle name is Elisabeth. Now when someone from an English speaking country is named Elisabeth or Elizabeth Spanish speaking people will translate that to Isabel. Just ilke Peter/Pedro John/Juan etc. BUT (and this is important) My ex wife's given middle name was Elisabeth not Isabel. And she and her family never say Isabel when refering to her middle name. See the difference? When Spanish speaking people give their kids an English name that has a Spainsih counterpart it is generally with the intent of the name being the English version.

Now, something that seems to be glossed over here by a few other posters is the fact that this is actually a relatively new phenomenon. 10 years ago everyone (IME) was calling her Martha. People I personally know who happen to personally know her call her Martha. *That* seems to have recently changed.

So my original question was and still is...why?


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  • "it's pronounced the way the bearer of the name wants it pronounced." - Analog Scott 10:23:24 05/30/21 (0)

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