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    The pronunciation of ~land

    Hi Everyone,

    There are many ~land words; however the pronunciation of ~land in different words will have different pronounciation. For instance, the ~land in Queensland has different pronunciation to Disneyland, Wonderland, I just wanted to know if there is any rule to guide us how to pronounce the ~land correctly.

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    Re: The pronunciation of ~land

    Quote Originally Posted by EngFan View Post
    Hi Everyone,

    There are many ~land words; however the pronunciation of ~land in different words will have different pronounciation. For instance, the ~land in Queensland has different pronunciation to Disneyland, Wonderland, I just wanted to know if there is any rule to guide us how to pronounce the ~land correctly.

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    No, actually "Queensland" is pronounced like Disneyland, and Wonderland (at least by Queenslanders, of which I'm one). /'kwi:nz,lŠnd/ - 'land' has its full value. (Just as 'bane' in 'Brisbane' doesn't: /brɪzbən/, by the way.)

    Like Queensland are Greenland, Swaziland, Thailand ... (in AusE, at least).

    On the other hand, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Iceland, New Zealand, Poland ... have the unaccented /lənd/
    One that could go either way, again in AusE accent, is Finland.

    I can't think of a rule, and others would have a slightly differently list to mine.

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    Re: The pronunciation of ~land

    And here in Canada, we have two pronunciations of Newfoundland - New-FOUND-land and NEWfun'l'n.

    I suspect it's more a regional difference. I don't think anyone would look oddly at you if you said Scot-land instead of Scot-lund. The emphasis is never on that final sylable, so it just falls naturally, quietly, without much notice.

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    Re: The pronunciation of ~land

    I think (though I admit I am guessing) that it has to do with whether it is felt as a simple word or a compound of two words. Which in turn depends on whether the element before "land" can be thought of as a word in its own right.

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