Saturday, May 21, 2005

Pronunciation of English words in US vs UK

Speaking of streaming audio... I listen frequently to BBC programs and notice distinctions in pronunciation of a class of words, between the UK and US. Here are examples...

Revelatory - reveLAtory (like we say revelation, but changing -tion to -tory) vs revelaTory

Corollary - coROLlary vs coroLLARY

Controversy - ContROVersy vs CONtroVersy

There are plenty more, which I will post as I notice them. I think there is a pattern in there, of Americans moving the emphasis to the final syllable.


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