pronunciation of "Syracuse"

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Thu Dec 30 23:14:36 UTC 2010

On 12/30/10 6:09 PM, Charles C Doyle wrote:
> On the TV broadcast of the oddly-named New Era Pinstripe Bowl football game (Syracuse vs. Kansas State) the announcer has been consistently pronouncing "Syracuse" as [sEr at kjuz].
> Of course, a historical (and orthographic) /E/ preceding /r/ has frequently come to be manifested as [I]--for instance, in "here" or "era"--but is the opposite process common?

That's a fairly common regional pronunciation. I'm not sure what the
limits are, but I suspect it's around Syracuse itself, as a lot of the
folks I hear it from are sports analysts and announcers whose degrees
are from there.

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