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23rd-Mar-2010 11:27 pm
My American significant other says that I pronounce some words funny, such as...

Poll #1542323 Pronunciation

How do you pronounce the word "garage"?

guh-RAJ (rhymes with "badge")
guh-RAWZH (rhymes with "barrage")
GAH-rawzh (rhtmes with "barrage" but the accent is on the first syllable)
Some other way (how?)

How do you pronounce the word "against"?

Uh-GENST (rhymes with "sensed")
Uh-GAYNST (hard A sound)
Some other way (how?)

How do you pronounce the word "either"?

Some other way (how)
24th-Mar-2010 06:29 am (UTC)
In thinking about the third question, I realized that I say "ee-ther" if it's followed by "is" and "I-ther" if it's followed by are.
24th-Mar-2010 07:12 am (UTC)
Yes, this. Also, my canadian husband says garage the first way you posted it.
24th-Mar-2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Same here
24th-Mar-2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
I think this is me too. I say it either way, dependent upon what preceded the word.
25th-Mar-2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Same here.
24th-Mar-2010 06:44 am (UTC)
I also say either both ways. (: Depends on what I say it after~. Or whether it's the first word in my spoken sentence (like, if I were to say "Either way, blah blah blah"- I'd pronounce it "ee-thurr").
24th-Mar-2010 07:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, I say "either" both ways. Same goes for "route" (it's not listed here, but it's another great example).
24th-Mar-2010 08:06 am (UTC)
24th-Mar-2010 11:11 am (UTC)
My guh-raj doesn't rhyme with badge. :/

I say and "against" "either" both ways. It depends on what words come before them.
24th-Mar-2010 11:54 am (UTC)
I say "either" either way.
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24th-Mar-2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
Ahh, the lovely British pronunciation. :-)
24th-Mar-2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
I say "either" both ways at about the same frequency for each.
24th-Mar-2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
I say either both ways, too.
24th-Mar-2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Garidge. I'm English.
24th-Mar-2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
This for garage.

and same for ange pange wih against.Either for some reason or the other I differ ther a bit xD. I say it like e-ther(or more e-zer xD?) well i hope my German accent isnt too bad and at least my other hal says it is cute and not as bad as his work collegues .
24th-Mar-2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'm from Chicago, so "garage" is more like "u-RAH-aj.'
25th-Mar-2010 03:11 am (UTC)
This, yes! Hahaha. I love our AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH noise in Chicago. :D
24th-Mar-2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Being European in the USA, I have 2 ways of using & pronouncing English.

It's my second language, first is German. In the German school system I was taught Oxford English so that's what I grew up with. I've now lived in the USA for a number of years (Westcoast) so I filled out the above, using my California version of English.

Once I cross the pond again or travel anywhere outside the US, my pronounciations vary between American and British English, depending on where exactly I am and who I'm talking to. :)
25th-Mar-2010 08:15 am (UTC)
i almost barely pronounce the 'a' in 'garage'. so it ends up being more like "grr-AHJ".

and i say 'either' both ways, just depending on how i feel about it at the moment!
26th-Mar-2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm a Canadian student at a Canadian university, and my Linguistic Analysis professor is American. He likes to talk about this sort of thing all the time. In a poll of the class, it turned out all the students pronounced garage with an IPA Ʒ , which is apparently typical in Canada, while my professor himself pronounded it with an IPA ʤ.

These discussions are SO much easier using IPA, you have no idea :-)
26th-Mar-2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Excuse my ignorance (he said in his most polite Canadian), but what is (an) IPA?
27th-Mar-2010 01:21 am (UTC)
Of course, sorry! That's the International Phonetic Alphabet. Linguists use it to transcribe speech.
28th-Mar-2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
I love that someone mentioned IPA! It's interesting that the Ʒ pronunciation is typical in Canada, as I'm American and that's how I pronounce it. I love this stuff.
28th-Mar-2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
I love it, too! My Linguistic Analysis professor said that English 'doesn't like' the Ʒ (i.e. a lot of dialects are apparently phasing it out). Another example was with the word genre, where my classmates and I used Ʒ at the beginning while my professor had ʤ.
29th-Mar-2010 03:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, apparently a lot of people don't use Ʒ very much, which I find odd because I've always used it. In fact, I had no idea about this until last year when a linguistics professor said that the sound was 'very rare' in English. It didn't exist in Old English; /ʃ/ existed but there was no voiced counterpart until the Norman influence, which also brought about separate /f/ and /v/ phonemes.

Sorry, I'm a huge nerd. But to get back to topic, I wonder how universal the Ʒ to ʤ switch is for those speakers? I can definitely imagine garage and genre being pronounced as /gəɹaʤ/ and /ʤanɹə/, respectively, but I can't really imagine, for example, vision being pronounced as /vɪʤɪn/.
29th-Mar-2010 03:42 am (UTC)
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