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    Default pronunciation of address and multi-

    HI!I have two questions.
    1.Normally we pronounce the 'a' part in 'address' same as the 'a' in 'about',right? Then why do I sometimes hear it pronounced as the 'a' in 'apple'? Has the meaning changed?
    2.How do you pronounce 'multi-',especially the 'i' part?

    Thanks a lot

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    Default Re: pronunciation of address and multi-

    it is pronounced like this: /mltee/

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    Default Re: pronunciation of address and multi-

    Quote Originally Posted by jennycullen View Post
    HI!I have two questions.
    1.Normally we pronounce the 'a' part in 'address' same as the 'a' in 'about',right? Then why do I sometimes hear it pronounced as the 'a' in 'apple'? Has the meaning changed?
    2.How do you pronounce 'multi-',especially the 'i' part?

    Thanks a lot
    I used to think this was a simple Am/Br Eng issue: Br Eng puts the stress on the second sylllable of 'address', which as the first syllable is unstressed, reduces the 'a' to /ǝ/. I thought Am Eng put the stress (always) on the first syllable, which makes it //.

    Likewise, although there's no change in stress, Br Eng /'mʌlti:/; Am Eng /'mǝltaɪ/ (or something like that -I'm useless at American vowel sounds

    But I think this generalization is shaky. I know some Am English speakers who put the stress on 'address' in the Br Eng way.

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    Last edited by BobK; 25-Jan-2011 at 13:24. Reason: Typo

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    Default Re: pronunciation of address and multi-

    In AmE /əˈdrɛs/ is the primary pronunciation and /drɛs/ the secondary.
    Words like multi, semi, anti can be pronounced both ways, but are usually /-aɪ/ in BrE and /i/ in AmE.
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    Default Re: pronunciation of address and multi-

    Quote Originally Posted by thatone View Post
    In AmE /əˈdrɛs/ is the primary pronunciation and /drɛs/.
    Words like multi, semi, anti can be pronounced both ways, but are usually /-aɪ/ in BrE and /i/ in AmE.
    Your first line is unclear, and I think you've got it the wrong way round in the second.

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    Default Re: pronunciation of address and multi-

    Thank you all! Now I understand.I thought it was an AmE and BrE issue and I just don't know how to differentiate them.

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