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    are hurtle and hurdle pronounced the same?

    is "hurtle" pronounced the same as "hurdle", where "tle" is pronounced "del"?
    thanks

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    Re: are hurtle and hurdle pronounced the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by may
    is "hurtle" pronounced the same as "hurdle", where "tle" is pronounced "del"?
    thanks
    Yes, there is. Hurtle has a distinct /t/ sound that can't be mistaken for the /d/ sound. They are close but definitely not sounding the same.

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    Re: are hurtle and hurdle pronounced the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by may
    is "hurtle" pronounced the same as "hurdle", where "tle" is pronounced "del"?
    thanks
    The words hurtle and hurdle share the consonant cluster -rdl-. The sound [l] has two functions: 1) it can be a semi-vowel (you can sing it) or 2) it can be a consonant. Some speakers pronounce the "l" in -rdl- as a semi-vowel, whereas other speakers pronounce it as a consonant. Now, as a consonant cluster, the sequence -rdl- is hard to pronounce, so what some speakers do is insert a vowel (V) between the consonants to make the word easier to pronounce:

    semi-vowel
    hurtle => hurtle
    hurdle => hurdle

    consonant
    hurtle => hurtVl
    hurdle => hurdVl

    Note, V represents a vowel that has been inserted for ease of articulation.

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