How would I phonetically spell the way locals pronounce Louisville?

(Louisville, KY)


If you're speaking of the Louisville in Kentucky, when I was last in those parts it was pronounced approximately /ˈlʊəvl̩ /, with a syllabic /l/ and the first syllable just barely a diphthong. The one in Tennessee has a more definite diphthong: /ˈlʊivl̩ /.

  • Not all residents have a southern accent. – Oldcat Nov 18 '14 at 20:54
  • @JanusBahsJacquet What's the Unicode for that l̩? – StoneyB Nov 18 '14 at 20:56
  • The combining vertical line below is U+0329. (I just look it up in the Character Viewer. Still haven’t gotten around to including it in a custom keyboard layout …) – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 18 '14 at 20:59
  • @JanusBahsJacquet Thank you. I didn't know about the combining characters. – StoneyB Nov 18 '14 at 21:01
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    @Minnow Mine's the LOO-A-VUL version, but there ain't much -A- there. And seems to me that for most folks in Tennessee and Kentucky -ville is pronunced with markedly less stress than elsewhere, and with a vowel reduced however far you can manage. – StoneyB Nov 19 '14 at 1:32

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