View Poll Results: How is the word pronounced by the British speakers?

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  • /ɪsju:/

    91 52.30%
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    83 47.70%
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    Question The pronunciation of 'issue'...

    Hi all,

    The other day I eas watching a clip by Jeremy Harmer in which he, for several times, pronounced the word 'issue' as /ɪsju:/, which I enjoyed a lot! But the question is, what proportion of the British speakers would still pronounce it the same way as Mr Harmer did?


    (Another word I hear a different pronunciation of is 'negotiation', pronounced /negəʊsɪ'eɪʃn/!)

    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: The pronunciation of 'issue'...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,

    The other day I eas watching a clip by Jeremy Harmer in which he, for several times, pronounced the word 'issue' as /ɪsju:/, which I enjoyed a lot! But the question is, what proportion of the British speakers would still pronounce it the same way as Mr Harmer did?


    (Another word I hear a different pronunciation of is 'negotiation', pronounced /negəʊsɪ'eɪʃn/!)

    Thanks a lot.
    Hey, I think the first one is the pronunciation especially for British speaker while another one is American pronunciation. I may be wrong. So, Please just take this as a reply.

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    Default Re: The pronunciation of 'issue'...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,

    The other day I eas watching a clip by Jeremy Harmer in which he, for several times, pronounced the word 'issue' as /ɪsju:/, which I enjoyed a lot! But the question is, what proportion of the British speakers would still pronounce it the same way as Mr Harmer did?


    (Another word I hear a different pronunciation of is 'negotiation', pronounced /negəʊsɪ'eɪʃn/!)

    Thanks a lot.
    Our Prime Minister says /negəʊsɪ'eɪt/. Everyone makes fun of her.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49zF8m7ys24

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    Default Re: The pronunciation of 'issue'...

    As I know, there should have a "Sh" sound in this word like "i. Shuu", so the phonetic symbol is /ɪʃu:/ because ʃ = Sh.....

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    Default Re: The pronunciation of 'issue'...

    Quote Originally Posted by EngFan View Post
    As I know, there should have a "Sh" sound in this word like "i. Shuu", so the phonetic symbol is /ɪʃu:/ because ʃ = Sh.....
    There is no 'should' about it. It's a matter of personal choice.

    According to John Wells, 40% of speakers of BrE say /ɪʃu:/, 30% /ɪsju:/and 21%/ɪʃju:/. He does not give percentages for 'negotiate', but he gives both ɪ/and /sɪ/versions. Roach et al give no figure, but give both /and /sj/and versions for both words.

    I am a /sj/ person.

    Wells, J C (2008) Longman Pronunciation Dictionary(3rd edn), Harlow: PearsonLongman.
    Roach, Peter; Hartman, James & Setter, Jane (eds) (2003) : Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary, Cambridge: CUP

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    Default Re: The pronunciation of 'issue'...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
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    (Another word I hear a different pronunciation of is 'negotiation', pronounced /negəʊsɪ'eɪʃn/!)

    Thanks a lot.
    The /...s...ʃ.../ is, I believe, the older. In that case, the /...ʃ...ʃ.../ version would have come about through - as mentioned elsewhere - assimilation.

    b
    PS OK, I'll stop banging on about this, but it seems to be the Word of the Day.
    Last edited by BobK; 23-May-2011 at 11:05. Reason: Added PS

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    Default Re: The pronunciation of 'issue'...

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Our Prime Minister says /negəʊsɪ'eɪt/. Everyone makes fun of her.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49zF8m7ys24
    Nothing wrong with that pronunciation.

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    Default Re: The pronunciation of 'issue'...

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Nothing wrong with that pronunciation.
    Is it common in Canada?

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    Default Re: The pronunciation of 'issue'...

    Not very, but not rare either.

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    Default Re: The pronunciation of 'issue'...

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Nothing wrong with that pronunciation.
    I agree, personally. But you know how people like to take the piss out of pollies. She does have a terrible accent though. During the last election she copped a lot of flack for her excessive r-elision when referring to the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbot. "Mr Abbott" always comes out as "Mr. Rabbit". Some of the more cynical commentators thought it might be deliberate.
    http://media.theage.com.au/gillard-pulls-a-mr-rabbit-out-of-hat-1706808.html

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