Pronouncing Wisconsin

Scot LaFaive spiderrmonkey at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 21 18:30:27 UTC 2006

I can definitely hear the difference. Oddly enough, I think our last
governor even pronounced it like that, so not only will we allow those who
mispronounce the word (as the good Mr. Z might say, since my dialect is of
course the correct one) into the state, but we might even elect you


>From: Chris F Waigl <chris at LASCRIBE.NET>
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Pronouncing Wisconsin
>Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:10:38 +0000
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>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       Chris F Waigl <chris at LASCRIBE.NET>
>Subject:      Re: Pronouncing Wisconsin
>Scot LaFaive wrote:
> > I've noticed lately that many commercials played in Wisconsin seem to
> > 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
> > that natives generally don't clearly pronounce the /k/; I think we tend
> > 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
>The American Dialect Society -

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