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    Pronunciation of Phonics?

    Hi All,

    I wanted to know the common pronunciation of "Phonics". Please advise.

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    Re: Pronunciation of Phonics?

    You'll find BrE and AmE pronunciations here.

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    Re: Pronunciation of Phonics?

    Well, the vowels before +ic, +id, +ish get lightened. The lightened vowel is same as that you get in trisyllabic laxing.

    Therefore, phonics = /ˈfɑnɪks/, variant /ˈfoʊnɪks/

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    Re: Pronunciation of Phonics?

    Quote Originally Posted by raindoctor View Post
    Well, the vowels before +ic, +id, +ish get lightened. The lightened vowel is same as that you get in trisyllabic laxing.

    Therefore, phonics = /ˈfɑnɪks/, variant /ˈfoʊnɪks/
    How many people would say /ˈfoʊnɪks/? and which one is more common /ˈfoʊnɪks/ or /ˈfoʊnɪks/ ? Thanks

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    Re: Pronunciation of Phonics?

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    How many people would say /ˈfoʊnɪks/? and which one is more common /ˈfoʊnɪks/ or /ˈfoʊnɪks/ ? Thanks
    I don't know. And it doesn't matter whether you pronounce either way. If you want a semblance of system, stick with the LOT vowel.



    1. analgesic, phonemic, basic, obesity, Polish: -lax
    2. scenic, phonics: +/- lax
    3. kinetic, polish, polish: +lax

    L2 learners can stick with +lax variants in 2. There is nothing you can do with those in 1. That way, you can focus on the systematic nature of various pronunciations in English. Pickup dominant variations later, based on your fellow native speakers.

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    Re: Pronunciation of Phonics?

    Quote Originally Posted by raindoctor View Post
    1. analgesic, phonemic, basic, obesity, Polish: -lax
    2. scenic, phonics: +/- lax
    3. kinetic, polish, polish: +lax

    L2 learners can stick with +lax variants in 2. There is nothing you can do with those in 1. That way, you can focus on the systematic nature of various pronunciations in English.
    That seems to me to be rather unystematic. It also suggests that "Well, the vowels before +ic, +id, +ish get lightened" needs a 'sometimes'

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    Re: Pronunciation of Phonics?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    That seems to me to be rather unystematic. It also suggests that "Well, the vowels before +ic, +id, +ish get lightened" needs a 'sometimes'
    Good for you!

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