cannot: OED pronunciation

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Mon Jan 17 19:02:02 UTC 2005


Well, I'm a datum (and one who probably even overbelieves in the
notorious unreliability of such). I'll see a bunch of such speakers
come end of January and try to remember to report.


>On Jan 17, 2005, at 9:02 AM, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>>If you shift the stress to the first syllable (as I have heard some
>>posh RP types do), the
>>pronunciation [kaen at t] works.
>i identify the forestressed pronunciation as specifically british and
>fairly posh.  but such judgments are notoriously unreliable.  we need

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