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    Default Already (pronunciation)

    Hello.

    I have heard of this word being pronounced with the first or the second vowel stressed.
    The OALD, and that is a pity, gets a mention only of the first form. So can both be used interchangeably?

    I would be grateful for any mistake you might right in the post.

    Thanks, Alex.

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    Default Re: Already (pronunciation)

    /):lredi/. I think the primary stress should be on the first syllable. I do not think that a long monothong is ever silent...the /i:/ /a:/ /):/ /U:/ and /:/

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    Default Re: Already (pronunciation)

    The BrE pronunciation is with the stress on the second syllable. This is where it is given in my sixth edition of the OALD (as well as in every other dictionary I have to hand.)

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    Default Re: Already (pronunciation)

    Quote Originally Posted by rhapsomatr[B
    [/B]ics;842034]I do not think that a long monothong is ever silent.
    No monophthong, indeed no sound, can be silent!
    Last edited by 5jj; 10-Jan-2012 at 18:41.

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    Default Re: Already (pronunciation)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No monopthong, indeed no sound, can be silent!
    Isn't it "monophthong"?

    (You're the one who taught me the correct spellling! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Isn't it "monophthong"?
    Thanks.

    Bad typo day.

    I have changed it, in case people don't read to the end of the thread (and to spare my blushes).

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    Default Re: Already (pronunciation)

    indeed no sound, can be silent![/COLOR][/COLOR][/QUOTE]


    'silent' in phonetics means 'unstressed'...like the 'a' in 'above', the 'er' in 'mother' (the 12th vowel sound that looks like an inverted 'e' )
    And, there are silent allophones in English phonology... The 'l' in calm, the 'd' in sandwich

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    Default Re: Already (pronunciation)

    Already is always pronounced with the /e/ stressed, not the /a/.

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    Default Re: Already (pronunciation)

    'silent' in phonetics means 'unstressed'...
    No it doesn't.
    like the 'a' in 'above', the 'er' in 'mother' (the 12th vowel sound that looks like an inverted 'e' )
    /ə/ is known as 'schwa'. I don't know what you mean by 'the 12th vowel sound'.
    And, there are silent allophones in English phonology... The 'l' in calm, the 'd' in sandwich
    No. The letter 'l' in 'calm' is not pronounced. There is no allophone of /l/ in the word.

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    Default Re: Already (pronunciation)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No. The letter 'l' in 'calm' is not pronounced. There is no allophone of /l/ in the word.
    While I believe this is true for BrE, I think it's not for AmE. If I find an example in a near future, I'll post it here.

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