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    Question The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

    Dear all,

    The IPA of

    Bill /bɪl/
    Billy /bɪli/

    But the pronunciation of "Billy" when I hear is /biːli/, I wonder if anyone could explain it to me why the IPA shows /bɪli/

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    Re: The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

    Quote Originally Posted by oldbuddy View Post
    I wonder if anyone could explain it to me why the IPA shows /bɪli/
    That's the way native speakers pronounce it. Who have you heard saying /biːli/?

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    Re: The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

    Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary App and some other pronouncing dictionaries and many native speakers, everyone pronounces the first syllable is /bi:/, same as B, not /bɪ/
    Last edited by oldbuddy; 10-Apr-2021 at 09:50.

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    Re: The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

    This one is clearly /bɪ/ in both BrE and NAmE https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionari...nglish/billy_1

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    Re: The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    This one is clearly /bɪ/ in both BrE and NAmE https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionari...nglish/billy_1
    It obviously pronounces /bi:/ in the first syllable while it pronounces /bɪl/ for Bill, don't you hear it?

    https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionari.../bill_1?q=Bill

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    Re: The pronunciation of Bill and Billy

    I'm afraid you're mistaken.

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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?

    https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionari.../bill_1?q=Bill
    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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