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    Default How to pronounce Scientists?

    I would like to kow how to pronounce the words
    Scientists. is it saintiss? other words like
    interestes? interess

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    Default Re: How to pronounce Scientists?

    Welcome to the forums.

    A number of online dictionaries have recorded pronunciations: Scientist Definition | Definition of Scientist at Dictionary.com

    It is worth checking these before you ask your question.

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    Default Re: How to pronounce Scientists?

    Quote Originally Posted by idljapanbrazil View Post
    I would like to kow how to pronounce the words
    Scientists. is it saintiss? other words like
    interestes? interess

    Thanks


    scientist /ˈsaɪ ənt ɪsts/


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    Quote Originally Posted by idljapanbrazil View Post
    I would like to kow how to pronounce the words
    Scientists. is it saintiss? other words like
    interestes? interess

    Thanks
    Scientists is said more like: sigh-en-tests

    another word that sounds similar is: interests: in-ter-ests

    Please be sure to make the 't' sound so the words are understood clearly.
    Last edited by Cybil; 23-Jan-2010 at 20:21. Reason: misspelt word

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    Default Re: How to pronounce Scientists?

    When in presence of a tripthong, don't forget that you smoothing is an option ! Thus, by dropping the [i] sound, the word pronounciation becomes [sa:@s], with @ standing for schwa. Polls suggest that an increasing number of speakers do opt for the reduced/smoothed variation, so it's worth mentioning it. Someone not familiar with English might not grasp the meaning of the word if they are only told about an extinct RP form. (although I accept that the term "extinc" is fallacious in the present case, but could apply to words such as "square" whose former RP form, [skwe:@] has grown out of fashion. Smoothing can be applied to almost any tripthongs(I haven't encountered any counter-examples so far) I was thinking of power [pau@] (RP) or [pa@] (smoothed) and many others.


    I do hope that this will be of some help, "idljapanbrazil".
    I have done my best to make the phonemes decipherable, and I have to say it was akin to fighting a lost battle...
    Last edited by ModernDickens; 24-Jan-2010 at 02:01. Reason: wrong spelling

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    Default Re: How to pronounce Scientists?

    Quote Originally Posted by ModernDickens View Post
    When in presence of a tripthong, don't forget that you smoothing is an option ! Thus, by dropping the [i] sound, the word pronounciation becomes [sa:@s], with @ standing for schwa. Polls suggest that an increasing number of speakers do opt for the reduced/smoothed variation, so it's worth mentioning it. Someone not familiar with English might not grasp the meaning of the word if they are only told about an extinct RP form.
    I'd say that even those totally familiar with English might misunderstand /sa:əs/ or even /sa:əns/ for 'science'.
    Where were these polls held?


    PS: Apologies for the orthography. This software has a mind of its own.

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    When in presence of a tripthong, don't forget that you smoothing is an option
    I have to disagree with you that 'science' containts a triphthong. To me, there is a diphthong followed by a schwa in the next syllable - /'saɪ.əns/. I would say the /ɪ/ is needed.

    I agree with the 'power' being smoothed. Some accents might have 'power' and 'par' as homophones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linguist__ View Post
    I have to disagree with you that 'science' containts a triphthong. To me, there is a diphthong followed by a schwa in the next syllable - /'saɪ.əns/. I would say the /ɪ/ is needed.

    I agree with the 'power' being smoothed. Some accents might have 'power' and 'par' as homophones.
    I'm not quite sure...As a matter of fact, I fail to undertand why shwa shouldn't receive an equal treatment and count as a sound, like the [i] and the [a] vowels. The implication of not accepting that "science" contains a tripthong is the assertion that tripthongs don't exist , since shwa is the final vowel in all of them (eɪə, aɪə, ɔɪə, əʊə, aʊə)
    So are you insinuating that tripthongs radically don't exist ?

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    Default Re: How to pronounce Scientists?

    Oh dear I think the original poster will have tuned out long ago. If you people really want to argue the toss about triphthongs (note: 2 H's) please start a new thread. I'm closing this one.

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