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    synapse

    Today I've learned a new word "synapse".
    How do you pronunce this word in North America (You know, I learn American pronunciation). I found five different ways to pronounce this word.
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 16-Mar-2014 at 11:34.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    The Longman and Cambridge pronunciation dictionaries both give /ˈsɪnŠps/ as the most common pronunciation in the USA. Cambridge gives /sɪnˈŠps/ and Longman /sənˈŠps/ as the less common pronunciation. This difference is not very significan, as the difference between /ə/ and unstressed /ɪ/ can be very slight.

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    Thanks.
    As I understood in AmE we pronuonce this word as /ˈsɪ.nŠps/ but in BrE as /ˈsaɪ.nŠps/. Am I right?

    I don't want to bother you, but what does " ' " mean before the "s"?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #4
    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Thanks.
    As I understood in AmE we pronuonce this word as /ˈsɪ.nŠps/ but in BrE as /ˈsaɪ.nŠps/. Am I right?

    I don't want to bother you, but what does " ' " mean before the "s"?
    That means the primary stress comes on 'syn'. In post #2, the Longman entry shows the primary stress on 'Šps', which it would have to be if the first syllable vowel is a schwa.
    See the very bottom of this page, and you'll see the mark for a secondary stress and its usage:
    http://www.learnersdictionary.com/help/faq_pron_ipa.htm

    I pronounce synapse as /ˈsaɪ.nŠps/, which is the BrE version, as you say. And I say, /saɪ.'nŠptik/.
    Also, you might see an apostrophe for the primary stress, and a comma for the secondary stress - they are just easy keyboard variants for the real symbols.

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