What is the proper pronunciation of the name? I found a lot of different versions on fan forums, and also in the real world. Yes, people name their daughters after Kahlan Amnell!


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The author pronounces it (depending on his mood) as Kay-linn or Kay-lenn.


Kay-Linn (in this interview he corrects the interviewer and explicitly confirms the pronunciation.
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Answer 1: In "Legend Of The Seeker", it is pronounced as 'Kay-lin'

Answer 2: According to an old interview with Terry Goodkind (sadly disappeared from the site after redesign), it is pronounced as 'Kay-lin'.

So the correct version is 'Kay-lin'

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    Thank you for your info. Unfortunately, my brain will refuse to ever use an 'a' as an i sound, and even if I change it to a schwa (as I suspect is intended) it feels terribly dumb, so I will continue to use my own headcannon pronunciation (KAH-lahn).
    – Radhil
    Apr 26, 2017 at 16:58
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    Can you offer any evidence?
    – Valorum
    Apr 26, 2017 at 17:29
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    There seems to be this habit in sci-fi and fantasy to pronounce 'ah' as a hard 'ay' sound - in Star Trek, for example, Kahless was pronounced "Kay-less", "K'Eyleyr" was pronounced "Kay-lair", and, of course, "Kahlan" pronounced as "Kay-lin". I reject this pronunciation, of course, and substitute my own.
    – Werrf
    Apr 26, 2017 at 20:24

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