free variation in pronunciation
abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Wed Apr 4 15:06:08 UTC 2001
Lynne M asked:
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
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?
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