Traditional Studies Press, 2003. New CDrom. Item #8547
The Pronunciation Guide from the Guide and Index is reproduced on this cdrom in pdf format. The voices of seven different speakers are present as linked 'wav' format files. Simply click on the designation to play the sound file. On many occasions, four of the seven recorded speakers were present at readings of Beelzebub's Ta l e s in English or French attended by Gurdjieff. Two of these four are fluent in Russian. (One reports that, in the French readings, only Mme de Salzmann was able to pronounce the words to Gurdjieff's satisfaction.) The remaining three speakers did not meet Gurdjieff. However, one, who spoke both Armenian and Persian as the languages of his childhood and education, gives pronunciations for words that clearly have their origins in those languages. The other two speakers fill in when a suitable recording was not available. For most of the words with variations in spelling, two or more recordings are given, accompanied by an explanatory note . In cases where the English seems clearly to be in error, the recommended pronunciation may match the Russian spelling.