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In Japanese, using Katakana, why is the name Danny written and pronounced ダニー. Why not just ダニ? I'm not sure why the i is being extended when this doesn't really happen in english.

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    Compare コピー 'copy', コリー 'Collie', ダミー 'dummy', バギー 'buggy', バニー 'bunny', ヘビー 'heavy', ベビー 'baby', ルビー 'ruby', etc. – snailcar Sep 7 '14 at 17:02
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    It's not so clear-cut in English either. [1] [2] – Zhen Lin Sep 7 '14 at 18:17
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    Also, I think most Dannys in Japan aren't too eager to be lumped into the same group as these guys anyway. – Will Sep 7 '14 at 22:04
  • @snailboat So basically all english words ending in y are like this? Is it a hard rule? – Bob Benny Sep 7 '14 at 23:45
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    Pretty much the same reason I prefer to be デイヴ or デイブ than デブ... – Dave Sep 9 '14 at 5:55
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Words brought to Japan from English speakers and which end in 'y' are usually pronounced with extended 'i' sound.

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To build on koji's answer, sometimes you'll see changes in the katakana-ization of foreign words and names to avoid collisions with native words and names. An additional incentive for the long "y" sound is that there's a native word だに, which means "mite or louse" (that is, a small blood-sucking arthropod). It's probably a *good* thing that the katakana pronunciation of "Danny" has shifted the way it has. :)

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