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    Default One question about pronunciation

    Dear teachers,
    Please look at the word : dispense
    dis'pense, since the syllable is accentuated, so /p/ is pronunced as /b/.
    I think we all agree about it.

    now look at another word: dispensation
    dispen'sation, the syllable /sei/ is accentuated, so, what should I pronunce the letter "p" here?

    Is it should be read as /p/ or still /b/ just as it is in the word dispense?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: One question about pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by japanjapan
    Dear teachers,
    Please look at the word : dispense
    dis'pense, since the syllable is accentuated, so /p/ is pronunced as /b/.
    I think we all agree about it.

    now look at another word: dispensation
    dispen'sation, the syllable /sei/ is accentuated, so, what should I pronunce the letter "p" here?

    Is it should be read as /p/ or still /b/ just as it is in the word dispense?

    Thanks
    Ooh. Hold on. :D dispense has two pronunciations,

    1. di'spense, with a [p]. :D
    2. dis'spense, with a [p]. :D

    The [p] sound has unreleased aspiration after [s]. That is, the puff of air we usually hear with [p], as in pet, is not fully released or not released at all. That [p] often sounds like a [b], especially to speakers whose first language does not have unaspirated sounds.

    There's no [b] in dispense. :D

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