Pronouncing Wisconsin

Chris F Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Thu Dec 21 18:10:38 UTC 2006

Scot LaFaive wrote:

> I've noticed lately that many commercials played in Wisconsin seem to have
> people clearly pronouncing the /k/ sound in the second syllable, and it
> sounds odd to me. From what I gather from 31 years in Wisconsin, it seems
> that natives generally don't clearly pronounce the /k/; I think we tend to
> voice it as /g/, but I may be wrong in my analysis (my ears don't
> distinguish so well, the lazy fools). Just curious if anyone else has
> noticed this or can confirm or correct me.

Asking as someone who only very occasionally hears "Wisconsin"
pronounced: Is this really a difference between /k/ and /g/ or between
[k(h)] (aspirated) and [k] (unaspirated)?

Chris Waigl

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