I've got a very silly question that I've been longing to ask for a very long time now.
How should "Istanbul" be pronunciated?
Is it ìstanbul (with stress on the "I") or Istànbul (with stress on the "a")?
I remember that I heard everyone in Italy saying ìstanbul till 10 years ago, but in recent years I'm hearing more and more people saying Istànbul (they're probably about 50% now), so I've started being puzzled about the correct pronunciation.
(Mis-pronunciation and stress-changing of foreign words and names is a really bad habit of news readers on Italian TV, and it consequently affects common people).
I suppose that the new habit is more correct, as so many people have bothered to switch to it, but that's not something to be taken for granted!!
Thanks in advance to anyone who will reply (I don't really want to make mistakes when I'm there!)