The berries strike again! ;)

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The berries strike again! ;)

Postby Psi-Lord » 2005-06-29, 1:32

After all the berry translations we had, I started to think of the pronunciation of the names…

What I was always taught is what is presented by the Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary, too. Taking huckleberry as an example, I was always taught that it'd be pronounced as:

UK - [ˈhʌkl̩bəri], [ˈhʌkl̩bri] or [ˈhʌkl̩ˌberi]
US - [hʌkl̩ˈberi]

But is this distribution completely true? I mean, are there any places in the US, for instance, were the first two pronunciations might be found?

Just out of curiosity… :)

P.S.: I myself say either [ˈhʌkl̩bəri] or [ˈhʌkl̩bri].
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Re: The berries strike again! ;)

Postby Kirk » 2005-06-29, 4:37

Psi-Lord wrote:After all the berry translations we had, I started to think of the pronunciation of the names…

What I was always taught is what is presented by the Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary, too. Taking huckleberry as an example, I was always taught that it'd be pronounced as:

UK - [ˈhʌkl̩bəri], [ˈhʌkl̩bri] or [ˈhʌkl̩ˌberi]
US - [hʌkl̩ˈberi]

But is this distribution completely true? I mean, are there any places in the US, for instance, were the first two pronunciations might be found?

Just out of curiosity… :)

P.S.: I myself say either [ˈhʌkl̩bəri] or [ˈhʌkl̩bri].


The possible UK pronunciations are interesting--I hadn't been aware of them. I unvariably have [bɛɹi] for the "-berry" words (as well as "berry" itself, of course)

"huckleberry" [̩ˈhʌkʰɫ̩bɛɹi]
"blueberry" [ˈblɯbɛɹi]
"cranberry" [ˈkʰɹænbɛɹi] or [ˈkʰɹæmbɛɹi]
"raspberry" [ˈɹæːzbɛɹi]
"lingonberry" [ˈliŋgənbɛɹi] or [ˈliŋgəmbɛɹi] (yes, not [ˈlɪŋgənbɛɹi], as my dialect raises front vowels before velar nasal /ŋ/)
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