# Why is “viva” pronounced /ˈvaɪ.və/ in the academic sense?

Usually, (and intuitively), the word is pronounced /ˈviː.və/ or /ˈviː.vɑ/

However, I recently learned that in the academic context, the same term is pronounced /ˈvaɪ.və/. Why is this the case, and what is its etymology?

• It seems possible that this is because the borrowings of the 2 meanings occurred separately near the beginning and end of the Great Vowel Shift. "viva voce" dates back to 1565 but "viva" meaning long live only to 1640s dictionary.reference.com/browse/viva%20voce?s=t dictionary.reference.com/browse/viva . However I can't back this up with knowledge, so I'll leave that to others to answer. – Qsigma Feb 9 '15 at 12:09
• You'll hear both pronunciations in UK academia, though I've never heard /ˈvaɪ.və/ in the full (but rare) viva voce. – Chris H Feb 9 '15 at 12:14