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  1. LEB
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    supposedly

    is the word "supposedly" pronounced with a BLY sound at the end?SUPPOZEBLY

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    Re: supposedly

    No. /sə 'pouz əd li/.

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    Re: supposedly

    Quote Originally Posted by LEB
    is the word "supposedly" pronounced with a BLY sound at the end?SUPPOZEBLY
    In addition, some speakers pronounce "supposedly" as supposubly and the reason has to do with phonetic or what's called, ease of articulation.

    The syllables supposedly sound alike, so "sed" is modified to "seb":

    sup . . . sed (Standard pronunciation)
    sup . . . seb (Modified pronunciation)

    [p] and [b] are labial sounds.

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    Re: supposedly

    Now, that is a new one on me, Casi-- have you got any other examples? Is this of the same nature as 'cudda/wudda/shudda' or is it rather a result of faulty education? I just tried, and converting a dental into a labial doesn't seem to ease my articulation, yet I can imagine a native speaker confusing the ending with the -a/ibly suffixes of 'probably', 'possibly', 'terribly', etc.

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    Re: supposedly

    I'd say the first two, but not the last (i.e., terribly). All have labial environments, so assimilation (Cas) based on analogy (MM) works well.

    probably
    possibly
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