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Old 05-08-2009, 10:55 PM   #6
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Kindle also can't pronounce "hatchling" and pronounces "bow" only one way ("boe"), whether you're talking about the arrow-throwing device, the front of a ship, or the action indicating formal respect.

I suspect that it mostly uses a phoneme-based pronounciation system. It must be pretty sophisticated, but that would explain why it runs into trouble on some fairly common (in my reading, at least) words that would be *easy* (I mean, "hatchling"?) if it were using a word-based pronunciation system.
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