View Full Version : How do you pronounce these words ?

19-04-05, 17:55
Apart from difference between BrE and AmE , some words in English have more than one acceptable pronuciation, regardless of where the speaker come from (US, Canada, UK, Australia...). I suppose that some people may even change their pronuciation of these words according to their mood. For example :

- often : the "t" can be pronounced or silent

- direct (director, direction, etc.) : can be pronounced like "dairect", "direct" or "derect" (the last one is definitely more American though).

How do you usually pronounce these ?

19-04-05, 21:43
Since I was just assigned to write an essay about lexical phonology, I just have to answer ;P This is post-lexical phonology, though, but somewhere near the theory anyway!

I say them as in options 1.1, 2.1 and 3.1. But then again, I have a British accent ^^;

Just curious, why such a question?

19-04-05, 22:12
Dammit, I meant to hit 3.3 instead of 3.2. Anyway, 1 and 2 are answered correctly for me, and the third depends on how I'm using the word--if it's a verb, one way, and if a noun, the other.

20-04-05, 06:58
I've changed the tally to reflect how you wanted to vote, Brenna.

20-04-05, 14:06
Thanks. ^_^

sgt. Pepper
20-04-05, 15:41
1.2 : Often => usually "often" ("t" pronounced), 2.2 : Direct => usually "direct", 3.2 : Associate => usually "esosiate" ("c" pronounced like "s")

That's how i pronounce it.

20-04-05, 15:47
1.1, 2.1 and 3.1. Although I might put the 't' in often every now and then, I wouldn't say I do it enough to change my choice.

21-04-05, 04:07
1.1 Often (with silence 't')
2.2 Direct (direct)
3.2 for a noun associate ('c' pronounced like 's'), but for a verb 3.1 ('c' pronounced like 'sh')

24-04-05, 20:15
1.2 Always say the 't'
2.2 Direct
3.2 is the closest to how I say Associate. I've a tendency to say 'A'sso instead of 'E'sso

24-04-05, 22:04
usually "ofen" (silent "t")
usually "direct"
usually "esosiate" ("c" pronounced like "s")

09-06-08, 18:17
I should add other categories, like :

- route : pronounced "root" (like in French) or "raut".

- poor : rhyming with "your" or with "door".

Gary C.
09-07-09, 08:00
You'd need to take other things into account,as well-such as Southern accents.
There is no sound difference in Texas when saying 'your' and 'door'.
The most noticeable thing about a Texas accent is an extremely flattened 'i' sound.This is also heard all along the Gulf Coast.