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How is Oceania properly pronounced in British English? Is it /ˌəʊʃɪˈɑːnɪə/, or /ˌəʊʃɪˈɑːnə/? I know a lot of people who use the latter, but I have always been taught the former.

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General Reference. Here's a link to a source. The point of variability is the /-ʃ-/ which can be /-s-/. But it's always /-ɪə/. – Andrew Leach May 5 '13 at 17:15
I would say /oʊʃɪːˈeɪːnɪə/ if I were to say it — which is essentially what the OED gives. I don’t quite understand these dictionaries that give an /a/ vowel there: it should not have the vowel of father. MacMillan gives /ˌoʊʃiˈæniə/. – tchrist May 5 '13 at 17:33
@tchrist British English (which is what the question asked about) uses /ɑː/. I've never heard anyone this side of the Atlantic use the OED's alternative /-eɪː-/ (which happens to be given as the first alternative for AmE). – Andrew Leach May 5 '13 at 17:41
The second is what use (in AmE)...but I had no idea of that until know! – Mitch May 5 '13 at 19:55
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It's both, but the latter is most commonly used and accepted.

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Huh, dropping the "i" is the most common pronunciation? Do you have any source for that? – sumelic Oct 23 '15 at 16:51

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