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    Oxyacetylene - How is this one pronounced?


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    Oxyacetylene - How is this one pronounced?
    Let me give this a whirl.

    'awk' as in 'awkward', then 'c' as in the letter 'c', then short vowel 'a', then 'setalean' ---> awk-c-a-setalean.

    Both the AHD and M-W pronounce the last syllable 'lene' as 'lin'. You can hear their pronunciations here,

    oxyacetylene. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

    and here,

    va=oxyacetylene - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary


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    ox-xya-cetylene


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    oxi - a - set - i - lin = BrE.

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    The chemical term oxyacetylene has 6 syllables: ox.y.a.cet.yl.ene. The primary stress is on the 4th syllable .cet.. A secondary stress may be placed on the 1st ox. and a 3rd (tertiary) perhaps on the last .line. Pronounce the 1st o as a short sound as in pot. The consonant x is ks. The 1st syllable becomes /Zk/, a closed syllable. The y in the 2nd syllable is semivowel and is pronounced the long e sound /i/ as an open syllable /si/ (the /i/ as in be.) The a is reduced to a schwa sound /ə/. The c is /s/ before e and e is pronounced with its short sound /e/. So .cet. becomes /set/ (the e as in bed), a closed syllable. Reduce the semivowel y to a schwa. The last syllable may be considered as a magic-e syllable. The e is silent and the i is pronounced with its long sound /i+/. The whole word is thus uttered in isolation as /1Zk.si.ə0set.əl1i+n/. The l in the 5th syllable may also be syllabic.

    This represents only how I would say it. Therere of course variant pronunciations to this word. Other respondents might want to enlighten you on this. I see few did already.

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    Re: Oxyacetylene

    ox - ee -a - seet-a - leen


    "ox" as in "box"
    the "a" is as in "afford"
    "ee" as in "seen"

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    I was watching the thread developing, and what strikes me is: why no-one gave the phonetic transcription of the word? The one you see below is povided by online veriosn of Cambridge Dictionary.

    /ˌɒk.si.əˈset.l.i:n/

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    Quote Originally Posted by seba_870701 View Post
    I was watching the thread developing, and what strikes me is: why no-one gave the phonetic transcription of the word?
    Not everybody knows the IPA.

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    You're undoubtedly right, Rewboss. But still I believe, since it is forum devoted to phonetics, that we should use the IPA to 'promote' it as the easiest and most universal way of teaching and transcribing pronunciation . And if somebody still doesn't understand, then we should provide him with instructions that preceded my post [I personally find them very useful and accurate. I'm sure that they helped the person who started the thread.]. But this is only my point of view. I don't have to be right. And nobody has to accept it.
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    Re: Oxyacetylene

    Quote Originally Posted by seba_870701 View Post
    I was watching the thread developing, and what strikes me is: why no-one gave the phonetic transcription of the word? The one you see below is povided by online veriosn of Cambridge Dictionary.

    /ˌɒk.si.əˈset.l.i:n/

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    Did you read my post of Feb 12?

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