I've said and written 'spicket' my entire life and only this morning discovered it was non-standard. Some dictionaries give a cursory redirect to 'spigot'; some don't even list the 'ck' variant. The apparent root of 'spigot' [Latin spica] would seem to obviate this discussion, but the change from /k/ to /g/ had taken place at least by 1590 (both forms co-existed for a while). When did 'spicket' become non-standard, and why has that /k/ persisted to the present day? [more inside]
The question is about the pronunciation of /æ/ and /e/, such as in Brad and bread, expansive and expensive, man and men, bad and bed, pat and pet, flash and flesh, sad and said, had and head, etc. I asked local Americans about the differences, listened to Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNL5BmWQGiI) videos for the difference, but I still did not quite get it. It is understandable that dialects would lead to difference as well; so in British English pronunciation, I probably caught the difference; but in the Mid-western dialects, e.g., Minnesota, these two sounds are so similar that I can never succeed in distinguishing them without a context. So the question is to ask: 1. What is the difference between /æ/ and /e/ in your US dialects? 2. What is the difference between /æ/ and /e/ in Mid-western dialects? An answer with a video or audio information would be very helpful I guess.
Is there an online tool that will take an IPA pronunciation and speak it to me?
I couldn't answer this when my Polish friend asked me why the letter changed sound, does anyone else know?
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A coworker asserts that there is a regional prevalence to the pronunciation of the word "realtor" by adding a vowel between the l and the t, and I want to know more about that pronunciation. [more inside]
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I'm giving a talk tomorrow where I will be covering the work of typographer Eiichi Kono. So my question is pretty simple: how does one best pronounce his name?
I need to insert a pronuciation guide into a script for the following Latin animal name: Pachydiscus seppenradensis. In other words, I just need something on the script page to help the person reading it pronounce it correctly. I can't rely on special symbols or anything longwinded. Just something like is found in this question.
In what regional dialect do people pronounce "bagel" as though it were spelled "baggle"? [more inside]
I have terrible pronunciation. Can you direct me to dictionary-type sites that teach how to pronounce words using high-quality audio files? Merriam-Webster has the basics and is easy to use, but I am also looking for resources that cover more specialized vocabularies such as cooking terms, medical terms, technology terms, the names of important cultural figures, place names, and product names. Obscurity/difficulty level: stuff like sambal oelek, Yulia Tymoshenko, Mies van der Rohe, SUSE, Schenectady, Elidel, Saucony. [more inside]
How do you pronounce the hyperbolic trigonometric functions? [more inside]
I've been thinking about improving my (received) pronunciation by reading out loud in English. Need help finding materials online. [more inside]
How can I help my 3 year old with his pronunciation? [more inside]
Are there any languages that distinguish between the consonants represented in IPA as /k/, /c/, /t/ and /q/?
How, if at all, does one pronounce "pwned"? [more inside]
Why do little kids pronounce "r" as "w"? [more inside]
How do you pronounce the last name of Emmanuel Levinas? [more inside]
What is the correct pronunciation of the mythological character Dyedushka Vodyanoy?
Greek speakers needed! How do you pronounce 'κινειν' in both modern and ancient Greek? [more inside]
How do you pronounce "Le coeur a ses raisons, que la raison ne connaît point?" [more inside]
How do you pronounce the last name Vafai? I think that it is Iranian.