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    How do you pronounce "japan" and "paracetamol" ?

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    Default Re: how do you pronounce : "japan" and "paracetamol" ?

    I pronounce them this way:

    Japan [dʒə'pæn]
    paracetamol [pær'ræ'si'də'mɑl]

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    please note that, the symbol ' represents a syllable boundary, not an accent mark, that I, a native Canadian speaker of English pronounce the 1st two syllables of the word paracetomal as [pær'ræ], no reduction on the second vowel, and that in (North American) English inter-medial <t> is voiced to [d] between vowels.
    Last edited by Soup; 24-Nov-2009 at 15:11.

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    Default Re: how do you pronounce : "japan" and "paracetamol" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    How do you pronounce "japan" and "paracetamol" ?
    According to Longman Pronunciation Dictionary


    Japan, japan dʒə ˈpæn

    paracetamol ˌpær ə ˈsiːt ə mɒl




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    Default Re: how do you pronounce : "japan" and "paracetamol" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    According to Longman Pronunciation Dictionary

    Japan, japan dʒə ˈpæn

    paracetamol ˌpær ə ˈsiːt ə mɒl

    These are correct; the previous person's medicine pronunciation was not correct (you don't stress all the syllables, etc.)

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    Default Re: how do you pronounce : "japan" and "paracetamol" ?

    simple question:

    Why did they decide to pronounce a 't' like a 'd' or an 'r'?

    classic example:

    little - (ltl)

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    Default Re: how do you pronounce : "japan" and "paracetamol" ?

    It's not that the /d/ is a perfect representation of what is said, but in AmE we voice medial /t/ sounds, and /d/ is a fair approximation.

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    Default Re: how do you pronounce : "japan" and "paracetamol" ?

    Thanks all of you !

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    Default Re: how do you pronounce : "japan" and "paracetamol" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    the previous person's medicine pronunciation was not correct
    It is a chemical name that is used colloquially as well as medically, with a less formal pronunciation changing /t/ to /d/, etc. The question doesn't specify, and there's nothing in the two words that suggests that a colloquial is to be avoided here.

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    Default Re: how do you pronounce : "japan" and "paracetamol" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It is a chemical name that is used colloquially as well as medically, with a less formal pronunciation changing /t/ to /d/, etc. The question doesn't specify, and there's nothing in the two words that suggests that a colloquial is to be avoided here.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: how do you pronounce : "japan" and "paracetamol" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It is a chemical name that is used colloquially as well as medically, with a less formal pronunciation changing /t/ to /d/, etc. The question doesn't specify, and there's nothing in the two words that suggests that a colloquial is to be avoided here.
    Certainly you're right about that. As a Torontonian, it doesn't even rate as noticeable to me that the /t/ is changed to /d/ there; I was even supporting that it can be, if you look at it again from my point of view.

    I meant that one person's response put tonic accent markers (') on all syllables, rather than just one; the other problem is that no one pronounces the Greek prefix para as [pæræ] with both the first and second vowels equally open.

    So it was a misleading transcription to follow, if indeed anyone read it without reading the later amendments.

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