Date: Mon, 6 Mar 1995 12:59:22 -0500 From: Ron Rabin Subject: Turkey's name I don't know why an "-ije" spelling of Turkey's name would better reflect the way it's either spelled or pronounced in Turkish. In Turkish, the name of the country is Turkiye (the u is "noktali," i.e., with umlauts and is pronounced as is the French u in "vu"). Aside from the u, an English speaker would pronounce the name of the country phonetically as it's spelled in Turkish and it would sound, more or less, as it does when pronounced by a speaker of Turkish.