Talk:Augustin-Jean Fresnel

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Hi there,

the name of this man is written without a dash (no dash in the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, not in several german books, not in the french wikipedia ...) -- Schusch 20:47, 20 Apr 2004 (UTC)

I don't think there's any consistency in whether compound first names like this (formerly very common in French) are written with a dash or not. In general even French sources sometimes write them with, sometimes without. -- Curps 15:39, 23 Jul 2004 (UTC)

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Done. Thincat 15:37, 20 October 2005 (UTC)


I'm not natively French but I'm pretty sure that I've heard french and most other people (apart from Americans) pronounce his surname as /freˈnɛl/ i.e. freh-nell. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:06, 21 May 2010 (UTC)

Not only have I only ever heard the lens name pronounced as "freh-nel", but the IPA symbol /ɛ/ used for his name is consistent with this, and not consistent with "ay" (which would be /e/). I think this is just a minor error in the eye-dialect representation, and I'll change it if I don't see arguments otherwise within a day or so here. Sharkford (talk) 14:32, 25 April 2016 (UTC)