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    stress->vowel change in 'automobile' vs 'mobile'

    How to explain the aliteration (if that's the word)?

    i: being long in "automobile" results from the secondary stress

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    ai in "mobile" seems too strong for an unstressed syllable?

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    Re: stress->vowel change in 'automobile' vs 'mobile'

    "Alliteration" is not the right word.

    The vowel is long in "mobile" like "mobile phone." It sounds like "aisle" or "isle."

    Or it can sound like "bull."

    The vowel is short in "automobile." It sounds like "pill."

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    Re: stress->vowel change in 'automobile' vs 'mobile'

    According to Essential English Dictionary, the 'i" in automobile is to be pronounced long

    automobile ['ɔːtəməʊbiːl]

    But of course there are variations. I conclude, the said vowels are to be taken "as is" ("as are"?) - the phonetic change is not described by any rule.

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    Re: stress->vowel change in 'automobile' vs 'mobile'

    Quote Originally Posted by iexcie View Post
    According to Essential English Dictionary, the 'i" in automobile is to be pronounced long

    automobile ['ɔːtəməʊbiːl]

    But of course there are variations. I conclude, the said vowels are to be taken "as is" ("as are"?) - the phonetic change is not described by any rule.
    That's right, there is no rule.

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