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    1. Is it usual to pronounce 'vanity' in this way: /ˈvŠnədi/?
    I saw it here, and they offer such pronunciation for other words ending in -ty, like vitality/vaɪˈtŠlədi/, density or poverty.

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    #2

    Re: vanity

    I have only heard the pronunciation with the "tee" sound: VAN-uh-tee.

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    Re: vanity

    In American English a T between two vowels usually becomes a /d/ sound. Out of five Americans and one Canadian who provided sample pronunciations at forvo.com, only one pronounces the T like /t/.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: vanity

    I usually pronounce it with a "d" but sometimes with a "t" as well.
    Last edited by teechar; 15-May-2017 at 09:30. Reason: added "it"

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    #5

    Re: vanity

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    Clearly 'ty' as in 'tea' ----- clari-tea, obscuri-tea, facul-tea, antiqui-tea, and others.
    Other than faculty, I actually pronounce clarity, antiquity more like a "d". It is a subtle difference between a "t" and a "d". I read about it somewhere a while ago. I think it is called a "flap t."

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    #6

    Re: vanity

    It may also depend to some extent on the context. When speaking of bathroom fittings, I think the T to D transition is common, but people are more likely to be precise about the T sound when discussing the behaviour of friends and colleagues.

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    For many younger (well, younger than I) speakers of BrE, intervocalic t is often produced as a glottal stop. This has always been a feature of some dialects of BrE, but it appears to be spreading.

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    #8

    Re: vanity

    Does this happen only if the syllable is unstressed? For example, we couldn't pronounce material or totalitarian with /d/, could we?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    It may also depend to some extent on the context. When speaking of bathroom fittings, I think the T to D transition is common, but people are more likely to be precise about the T sound when discussing the behaviour of friends and colleagues.
    I think that do not understand what you refer to here.
    Last edited by Meja; 15-May-2017 at 09:34.

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    Re: vanity

    Quote Originally Posted by Meja View Post
    I think that I do not understand what you refer to here.
    "Vanity" can mean:
    1- a personal trait.
    2- a dressing table.

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    #10

    Re: vanity

    Also, click on the red speaker icons in the link below to hear typical BrE and AmE pronunciations of "vanity."

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...english/vanity

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