Questions tagged [pronunciation]

for questions about the sound, stress, or intonation of spoken words.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
-1 votes
1 answer
37 views

Why is the word ‘dictionary’ pronounced differently in British and American English [closed]

Pronunciation of the word 'dictionary' https://dictionary.cambridge.org/pronunciation/english/dictionary from the page agove, in British pronunciation, the /n/ sound is not connected to the schwa ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
33 views

Is it 'a' L-formula or 'an' L-formula? [duplicate]

In Logic & Mathematics textbooks, the terms 'L-formula', or 'L-term', or 'L-theory' are used. (Though for math, it is reserved to mathematical logic.) I've witnessed it first-hand, and I'm sure ...
user avatar
  • 191
0 votes
0 answers
35 views

Pronunciation of "wind" [closed]

Could I ask how to pronunce "wind"? Here "i" should be pronunced to be "i" or "ai"? Thanks!
user avatar
  • 21
3 votes
0 answers
73 views

Why do some folk songs from 1930s Appalachia pronounce the word 'Jordan' as 'Jerdon'?

In two songs I've listened to recently, "River of Jordan" by The Carter Family (1929-1932) and "Wayfaring Stranger" by Doc Watson (1992, but was almost certainly first played much ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
468 views

(Mis-)pronunciation of ‘accoutrement’ that ends in -L not in -NT?

I’m interested in the apparent mispronunciation of the word accoutrement [əˈkutrəmənt]. Although it’s not a word I encounter daily, when occasioned upon, I often hear the speaker pronounce it as [...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
42 views

Is there a difference between the pronunciation of long-ass and long gas?

I know that final -⟨ng⟩ is pronounced /ŋ/ (in most dialects), but I'm wondering what happens when the intensifier "ass" comes after the /ŋ/ sound of "long". Does the pronunciation ...
user avatar
  • 101
1 vote
1 answer
57 views

How is "soc" (UK abbr for Society) pronounced?

How is "Soc" (shortened form of "Society") pronounced in England? I'm reading a piece of fiction set at an English university, and they keeping talking about joining societies, ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
63 views

Is the letter u silent in draught?

I know that this word is pronounced as /dra:ft/ but do we consider the u to be silent? I have heard of 2 rules for silent u 1-when u comes after g 2-when u comes before a vowel but none of them apply ...
user avatar
  • 3
3 votes
1 answer
93 views

Why are mirage and visage pronounced differently? [closed]

Why do we say mirage with an ah sound but visage with a j sound? I thought it was because of the origin of the word but they both came from French.
user avatar
  • 31
0 votes
1 answer
56 views

Pronunciation of "delivered yesterday", why "ed" not pronounced?

In this video, there is this sentence at 2:18: Your parcel should've been delivered yesterday. I have listened to this sentence many times, it seems that the "ed" after delivered is not ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
213 views

Variants of the /æ/ sound?

This YouTube channel asserts that the /æ/ sound has four variants depending on the consonant that follows it; /æ/ in apple and /æ/ in mango should sound a bit different, for instance. https://www....
user avatar
  • 123
1 vote
1 answer
83 views

Do prefixes change the prounciation of stem?

I know some words which have suffixes and these suffixes change the pronunciation of the stem. For example sociopath sociopathy (you can check the pronunciations and you will realize that there are a ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
42 views

Did the English place name "Frome" used to be pronounced as it is spelled?

The English town Frome is famously pronounced as "froom". The following is two stanzas from the dedication of G.K. Chesterton's poem Ballad of the White Horse, from 1911. Up through an ...
user avatar
  • 11
1 vote
4 answers
127 views

What accent can I put on "u" to make it sound like "you"? [closed]

I have a made up name, "Bunar," and I want the u to sound like you, rather than oo. Is there an accent I can put above u to tell readers to pronounce it this way? edit: feel free to explain ...
user avatar
  • 129
8 votes
1 answer
1k views

Why does “revocable” have first-syllable stress?

Read the following “canonical” sets of related words, and notice the (uncontroversial) stress patterns: Renew, renewable, renewably Regret, regrettable, regrettably Repeat, repeatable, repeatably (...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
37 views

When is it OK to pronounced a voiced th like a /d/ instead of a /ð/?

As I learned in Do native speakers really always pronounce the voiced th as a /ð/? native speakers sometimes pronounce the voiced th as a /d/ instead of a /ð/ like in the words "the", &...
user avatar
3 votes
0 answers
78 views

Do native speakers really always pronounce the voiced th as a /ð/? [closed]

In Can we pronounce the 'th' sound as a d? one answer explained that native speakers often don't pronounce the voiced th excactly like how it ideally should sound. What I have noticed over ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
95 views

How do you pronounce RND (Research and Development)? [closed]

Apparently, RND is an acronym for Research and Development. I'm used to R&D. How do you pronounce RND? Would it be "are and dee", like the form I'm used to? Or would it be "are en ...
user avatar
  • 903
7 votes
1 answer
941 views

Does any dialect merge "cold" and "culled"?

I'm a native American English speaker who pronounces cold/culled, colt/cult, and told/toad the same way (first word in each pair with weak L compared to Merriam-Webster). It only recently became clear ...
user avatar
  • 173
0 votes
3 answers
68 views

Example word that is a homograph and preposition

My research involves the study of word frequency in American English and the importance of context when connecting text representations to different speech representations. I would like to know if ...
user avatar
  • 103
3 votes
3 answers
106 views

Do American pronounce "she looked at me" as /ʃiː lʊkt æt mi/ or /ʃiː lʊkd æt mi/?

Although some people say that flap-t [ɾ] is used if phonemic /t/ is between two vowels as in matter [ˈmædəɹ], I think that definition is incomplete because if phonemic /t/ occurs before a stressed ...
user avatar
  • 4,533
2 votes
0 answers
83 views

Is this pronunciation transcript understandable for people who know British English?

I wonder how to write down the pronunciation of words in English without using IPA. Sometimes on the internet I have seen something like this: It is pronounced like uh-aw-to-muh-tuh Or It is ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
61 views

Is there a name for how some people pronounce their s slightly differently?

I've noticed how some people pronounce the s sound in words using their upper teeth teeth and lower lip (instead of the conventional mostly internal way). This makes it sound almost lispy. I don't ...
user avatar
  • 1
1 vote
2 answers
60 views

How do you connect ending of word "Didn't" , with word "Do"?

I find it hard to pronounce these two words together quickly, so I thought I must be missing some sound or something that connects them. Thanks in advance.
user avatar
  • 111
2 votes
1 answer
130 views

What happens to 'l' in between words as in "Neal Evans"?

What happens to 'l' in between words? For example in "Neal Evans, is the extra /l/ sound extended to "Evans"? So that "Neal Evans" becomes /niːl levəns/ in British ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
23 views

What could possibly cause the stress shift in adverbs ending in -arily compared to adjectives ending in -ary?

While adjectives ending in -ary (British English /əri/, American English /eri/) never have stress on the second last syllable (the /e/ in AmE, and obviously the /ə/ in BrE), their derivative adverbs ...
user avatar
  • 4,835
2 votes
1 answer
207 views

What is the dialect feature in British English where "W" is pronounced as "Y"?

It is very rare but I've heard some people from Great Britain pronouncing it like that for some reason. For instance: He said "However" pronouncing it as "Hoyiever". He said "...
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
76 views

Pronunciation of 'Taxman'

Like Postman /ˈpəʊstmən/, Policeman /pəˈliːsmən/ and Fireman /faɪəmən/, one would assume that Taxman would also be pronounced with a schwa in the man. But this is not the case and it is pronounced /...
user avatar
  • 31
0 votes
2 answers
50 views

The stress of the prefix 'inter-'

In some words, the stress is on the first syllable of inter, for stance, intercourse, interview, internet, interval. However, there are also some words, in which the stress is on the second syllable ...
user avatar
  • 213
1 vote
0 answers
66 views

How was the è in past-tense verbs pronounced?

How would Shakespeare have pronounced damnèd for example? How about the end of Nurse's Song by Blake: The little ones leapèd, and shoutèd, and laugh'd And all the hills echoèd How would he have ...
user avatar
  • 2,619
0 votes
2 answers
139 views

How to pronounce -est endings

Could you please confirm for me whether my understanding is correct about the pronunciation of the ending -est in superlative, for example: shortest, farthest, biggest,... -est is pronounced as /ɪst/ ...
user avatar
  • 151
2 votes
0 answers
69 views

Is there a rule that describes vowel pronunciation changes in conjugated words? [duplicate]

I've noticed that sometimes when a word (generally a noun or adjective) gains or loses syllables, the pronunciation of the vowels will change. For example, horizon vs horizontal sociopath vs ...
user avatar
  • 31
0 votes
1 answer
90 views

Schwa in Webster dictionary [closed]

Why there are too many sounds marked by schwa in Webster's dictionary and how to recognize the correct pronunciation? E.g.: Cup /kʌp/ in Oxford and \ˈkəp\ in Webster Notice /ˈnəʊtɪs/ in Oxford and \...
user avatar
-1 votes
1 answer
81 views

Why is Woodlesford pronounced the way it is?

Why is Woodlesford pronounced as Woo-dles-ford but not Wood-les-ford? Is there an "L" sound? Wikipedia says, "Widlesford, Wryd(e)lesford(e) and *wrīdels + ford", which confuse me ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
43 views

Trouble pronouncing "queer" being myself a native British speaker [closed]

I'm a native British speaker from Bristol and for some reason I'm having real trouble pronouncing the word queer. Any ideas? I'm also fluent in German and for some reason I think I'm saying it with a ...
user avatar
  • 11
1 vote
0 answers
43 views

"Be-all and end-all"?

There is the saying "Be-all and end-all", meaning a fundamental property of something. I noticed it is hard to pronounce because "and" and "end" sound the same. Is one &...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
30 views

Why do some words sound/feel more fake than others? Is there logic/psychology behind this phenomenon? [closed]

I was recently reading Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky poem and had the thought that some of the made-up words sounded more real than some real words. And looking at a list of words that are real but are ...
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
129 views

Phonetic symbols for Port are different: Webster Internet vs Webster paper

Phonetic symbols are different for the same word Port. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary on the Internet: port noun (1) \ ˈpȯrt \ Definition of port (Entry 1 of 10) 1: a place where ships may ride ...
user avatar
  • 213
0 votes
0 answers
69 views

Phonetic symbol - superscript h in Which [duplicate]

Q1) What is the meaning of the small h (superscript h) in the phonetic symbols of which shown in Collins? ʰwɪ̠tʃ the small h means 'complete silence' (= just ignore h) the small h means 'pronounce ...
user avatar
  • 213
0 votes
0 answers
17 views

pronunciation of plural words ending in "-ses" derived from non-Greek language [duplicate]

I hear TV journalists pronounce plurals like "biases" and "processes" with the long e sound. Can you comment on this conflation of pronunciation?
user avatar
32 votes
5 answers
7k views

Where did the third syllable of the letter W in WD-40 go?

Today, I was taking a look at how to pronounce the name WD-40. A quick google search dropped me here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8SwN_qw3AA My Spanish ear is very new to the English language, ...
user avatar
  • 479
2 votes
0 answers
63 views

When is the "t" pronounced in won’t, don’t, can’t?

I am a speaker of Canadian English. I have noticed that when people pronounce won’t, don’t, and can’t, often when speaking normally, they don’t release the “t”, as in connected speech. The standard ...
user avatar
  • 559
7 votes
3 answers
762 views

Pronunciation of ‘-eru-’

I’ve just come across the word ‘glomerular’ and I’m genuinely irked by how difficult it is to pronounce the eru bit. It seems online that the r is omitted, turning it into more of a yuh sound. Does ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
106 views

Why have some younger & (in particular) highly-educated Americans recently begun to pronounce -t- as -d- in words where glottal -t- is idiomatic?

I'm not talking about "bidder" for "bitter" or "sidding" for "sitting," or "ladder" for "latter," etc. I'm talking about "Manhaddan,&...
user avatar
  • 21
1 vote
2 answers
100 views

How is "composite" as a verb pronounced in British English?

I always pronounce "composite" as COM-posite when it is used as an adjective or a noun. But in some technical contexts as "alpha compositing" it is also used as a verb, and in this ...
user avatar
  • 153
2 votes
1 answer
80 views

American English region where "here" is pronounced "cheer"

On the Andy Griffith Show the characters from Mayberry (modeled on Mount Airy NC) pronounce "here" as "cheer". This can be heard at second 29 of Andy Griffith Football Story from ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
35 views

Is the at-sign in Instagram handles pronounced? [closed]

I realize that this question is likely factually unanswerable, but I am curious about opinions and argument for either option. Say I want to write at the end of an article that I want my reader to ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
71 views

Is short /ɪ/ or long /i:/ being used for the pronunciation of "Mid" on Cambridge Online Dictionary

To my ears, the Cambridge dictionary pronounces the word "Mid" /mɪd/ really like /mi:d/ for British accent. So the long /i:/ is being used instead of the short /ɪ/. Compare: https://...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
559 views

Pronunciation: /ɪ/ becomes /ə/ in "William" or "Wilkinson"?

I sometimes hear words like "Willam" or "Wilkinson" pronounced like /'wəl-jəm/ or /'wəɫ̩-kən-sən/, rather than /'wɪɫ̩-jəm/ or /'wɪɫ̩-kən-sən/. In other words, the /wɪɫ̩/ cluster is ...
user avatar
  • 53
1 vote
1 answer
177 views

When did "vegetable" become "vetchtable"?

I was watching a video that referenced the "Major General Song" from The Pirates of Penzance in 1879, and I noticed that the writers clearly use vegetable as a 4-syllable word. The Wiki ...
user avatar

1
2 3 4 5
52