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  1. matilda

    Talking 65-neither

    Dear all


    Which of these is used more and is more common than the other one?

    Neither (with /I/ pronounced like /I/ in pin)
    Neither (with /I/ pronounced like /I/ in buy)

    Thanks a million


  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: 65-neither

    Both [ni:] and [nai] are correct.

    Note, [i:] as in see, and [ai] as in high. /I/ is not an option:

    [ni:] => neither
    [nai] => neither

    In most of the United States, the [ni:] pronunciation (e.g., [ni:], as in "knee") is far and away the most frequent and has been from this country's birth. It was not until the 19th century that the [nai] pronunciation [e.g., [nai] as in "nigh") was borrowed from British speech, and compilers of early American dictionaries (e.g., John Walker, 1836; Noah Webster, 1838) did not show the [ai] option at all. In 1911, the Century Dictionary added [ai] and from the 1930s on, [ni:], [nai] has been the pattern in American dictionaries.

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