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.
As I know, there should have a "Sh" sound in this word like "i. Shuu", so the phonetic symbol is /ɪʃu:/ because ʃ = Sh.....
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 /ʃɪ/and /sɪ/versions. Roach et al give no figure, but give both /ʃ/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
Last edited by BobK; 23-May-2011 at 11:05. Reason: Added PS
Not very, but not rare either.