free variation in pronunciation

Frank Abate abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Wed Apr 4 15:06:08 UTC 2001

Lynne M asked:

Are there
any other examples of absolutely free variants in lexical pronunciations?
By my definition of "absolutely free", they must be equally acceptable in
all semantic, social, (in)formal, stylistic (etc.) contexts for a single
speaker/speech community.

I think the two prons of "envelope" qualify, with variation on the first
syllable between "EN" and "ON".

Unless someone out there sees a distinction in register?

Frank Abate

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