Which of the two common pronunciations of the noun research is more common among educated native American English speakers?

  1. /rɪ ˈsɝt͡ʃ/ with the stress on the second syllable
  2. /ˈriː sɚt͡ʃ/ with the stress on the first syllable
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    In my experience (WA and PA), rē is more common. In some circles, usually tied to education, ri is the common noun form. – Unrelated Oct 28 '16 at 13:28
  • Interestingly this pattern goes against standard verb noun syllable stress patterns english-at-home.com/pronunciation/noun-and-verb-syllable-stress – Unrelated Oct 28 '16 at 13:31
  • @Unrelated: no, it doesn't; not really. The word started out as /rɪˈsərtʃ/ for both the noun and the verb, and in some regions the noun has switched and started conforming to the standard verb-noun syllable stress pattern. – Peter Shor Oct 28 '16 at 14:33
  • @PeterShor you're right, I got turned around – Unrelated Oct 28 '16 at 14:54
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    Highly dependent on your locale. In some areas of the US it would be "ree-search". In others it would be "ri-search". – Kace36 Jul 19 '17 at 21:57

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