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    Default pronunciation of "y" in Indian English

    I think I know the standard pronunciation of the letter "y" in English ( \ˈwī\ ).
    However, in Indian English, I think I have been hearing something like \ˈvī\, that is, with a "v" beginning sound. Is that really so in Indian English?

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    Exclamation Re: pronunciation of "y" in Indian English

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    I think I know the standard pronunciation of the letter "y" in English ( \ˈwī\ ).
    However, in Indian English, I think I have been hearing something like \ˈvī\, that is, with a "v" beginning sound. Is that really so in Indian English?
    Nobody pronounces with a 'v' sound. It is \'wai'\

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    Default Re: pronunciation of "y" in Indian English

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    Nobody pronounces with a 'v' sound. It is \'wai'\
    Thanks for your reply sarat_106.
    I thought I had heard the pronunciation I mentioned in some math lectures from the NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning), sponsered by the govenment of India. I mean, when the letter "y" appears in math equations.

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    Default Re: pronunciation of "y" in Indian English

    Indians don't know the differences among v and w and ʋ.

    Indian English y = /ʋʌɪ/

    This /ʋ/ is softer than fricative /v/. /ʋ/ is a semi-vowel (approximant) in Indian languages.


    Indians don't know how to produce /w/. Go to any indian chat room, they say things like: "v r fine".

    The quality of diphthong in Indian English y is different from that native english.

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    Default Re: pronunciation of "y" in Indian English

    Quote Originally Posted by raindoctor View Post
    Go to any indian chat room, they say things like: "v r fine".
    If this is indeed a fact, it sort of corroborates what I am saying.

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