Pronouncing Wisconsin

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Thu Dec 21 20:51:21 UTC 2006

This is odd. My first impression (on going to Wisconsin for graduate
studies n the 12th C., was that Wisconsonites (i.e. Cheeseheads)
clearly divided the syllbales differently. I said wIs - kan - s at n;
they all said wI - skan - s at n.


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>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.
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