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How should the last name of set theorist Ken Kunen be pronounced? I have heard both koo-nen and kyoo-nen from other people. Probably the best answer would be to say how he himself pronounces it, but a conditional answer (e.g. however the speaker says "Tuesday") might also be acceptable.

I am teaching from his book so I want to say his name correctly.

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I asked Ken a couple of times, and he wouldn’t choose one; he answers to either. I generally say kyoo-nen, though I suspect that the original pronunciation is closer to koo-nen. (That was back in the 70s, so it’s conceivable that he later developed a preference.) –  Brian M. Scott Jan 7 '13 at 19:48
    
@Brian The first sentence sounds authoritative, so perhaps you should make it an answer. –  Trevor Wilson Jan 7 '13 at 19:50
    
Done! $\qquad\;$ –  Brian M. Scott Jan 7 '13 at 19:52
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I asked Ken a couple of times, and he wouldn’t choose one; he answers to either. I generally say kyoo-nen nowadays, though I suspect that the original pronunciation is closer to koo-nen. (That was back in the $70$s, so it’s conceivable that he later developed a preference.)

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