American pronunciation of ''semi''

Natalie Maynor maynor at CS.MSSTATE.EDU
Tue Jan 11 22:58:56 UTC 2000

Jim said:
> Yeah, but how do you pronounce Demi's name?

In my part of the world it rhymes with Jimmy -- as does semi in my
own speech and the speech of many people around me.  I also hear
the [sImaI] sometimes.  And I guess I must hear both of those with
[E] instead of [I] at times, although my Southern ears tend to hear
pre-nasal [E] as [I].

> > I have also heard a pronunciation rhyming with
> > "see"+"my"? Is this on
> > the increase?
>  Never heard this pronunciation!

Nor have I.
   --Natalie Maynor (maynor at

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