When I look up the word "Million" in dictionary, the phonetics symbol is / ˈmɪljən /, but how come I hear people and dictionaries say / ˈmɪlijən /, please advise.
It's a new
crackpot theorytranscription method that improves on the IPA.
There's more here: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/pr...tml#post785269
Interestingly, it was being revealed on a word-to-know basis, and doesn't seem to have a name.
Last edited by Tdol; 06-Aug-2011 at 13:40.
Most of people and talking dictionaries would pronounce it with 3 syllables mil.li.on, but phonetics symbol shows there are only 2 syllables mil. on, could you tell me how do you pronounce it 2 syllables or 3 syllables?
/mɪljən/ has two syllables; /mɪliən / has between two and three, depending on how the speaker actually pronounces it; it is usually closer to two than three.
Given that, there aren't two ways of saying it, but one way, on a spectrum from almost no intrusive /i/ to an obvious two syllable /ijə/.