1

What is the pronunciation of already in the song Without Me by Halsey?

What phonological processes take place resulting in such a pronunciation?

(min 3:03) https://youtu.be/ZAfAud_M_mg?t=183

  • 4
    This question does not appear to be about English language and usage within the scope defined in the help center. – marcellothearcane Sep 4 at 9:52
  • 2
    I don't know the song (you couldn't provide a YouTube link?), but in a general sense it's not that uncommon to hear strange pronunciations in songa. – nnnnnn Sep 4 at 11:05
  • 1
    The process is called dysarthria. – Mitch Sep 4 at 12:02
  • 2
    @AndrewLeach: already is in the lyrics (I already know, near the end). But it sounds to me like she's saying I 'ready know or a'ready know, leaving an entire syllable out. So presumably the flapped /d/ is what the OP is hearing as /ʋ/. It's a somewhat indistinct flapped /d/, but that's what I hear. – Peter Shor Sep 4 at 21:03
  • 2
    What is wrong with this question? Open it back up so I can answer it. Moderators need to stop closing English linguistics questions. – jlovegren Sep 4 at 22:47
1

It's standard. Well, somewhat. Because she's singing, she draws out the first syllable "all" and then says "ready" really fast on a single beat, and she admittedly is affecting her speech a little bit with a contrived accent that over-accentuates vowels by rounding them. However, she does not do what you say she's doing. At the precise moment of that in the song you cited, she clearly pronounces "'I 'AAAAHL-reddy NOooh," not "'I 'AW-wih NOooh," as you suggest, nor "'I 'reddy NOooh," as another suggests."

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.