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    Re: The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

    Quote Originally Posted by oldbuddy View Post
    It obviously pronounces /bi:/ in the first syllable while it pronounces /bɪl/ for Bill, don't you hear it?

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    I don't.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

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    When it comes to learning a language, we're all five-year-olds for a while.
    One of the pithiest remarks I've ever read was "Every two-year-old is a linguistic genius." I think it was in Stephen Pinker's The Language Instinct.

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    Re: The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post

    If what little I know about Chinese is true, your native language doesn't have the /
    ɪ/ sound; it only has the /i/ sound.
    Oddbody gives American English as their native language in their profile.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 10-Apr-2021 at 21:00. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

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    Re: The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

    Sorry, no spare cash. I bought Big Ben last week, and the shipping costs are rather higher than I'd anticipated.
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    Re: The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

    Who still pays for shipping in this era of Covid? Neophyte.
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    Re: The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

    I was once party to a conversation where an American used "rendezvous" with a Frenchman. The Frenchman had no idea what word was being said. It was only after explaining the meaning that he said "Oh! You mean 'rendezvous'!"

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    Re: The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

    I live near Versailles and Bellefontaine, Ohio. No Francophone would ever guess their names are French from the local pronunciations, "verse-ails" and "bell-fountain".
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