A. Vine avine at ENG.SUN.COM
Wed Apr 19 02:10:46 UTC 2000

"Prof. Roly Sussex" wrote:
> I am trying to determine the variation in the pronunciation of
> "quarter". Most dictionaries specify [kw-]; some allow no [w]
> but it seems to me that there may be generational, and perhaps
> areal, factors at work. Some Americaphone speakers here in
> Australia report [kw-], others [k-]. One local speaker claims
> that in expressions of time it is without [w], but in expressions
> like "quarter horse" it is with [w].

Definitely heard both /kw/ and /k/ (e.g. 'quarter' rhymes with 'courter'), in
fact, I think I say both. Other pronunciations are along the lines of 'kwater',
'kwata', or even 'kwota'.

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