pronunciation of "Syracuse"

Lynne Murphy m.l.murphy at SUSSEX.AC.UK
Fri Dec 31 05:35:07 UTC 2010

If you don't say it that way, we know you're not from round these* parts.

(which I can only say because I'm 'home'--45 miles west of 'Saracuse'--for
the holidays--drove through it twice this week, subjected to the sports)

Can't comment on the commonness of the process--can't think of another word
in which it occurs. It was only when I was old enough to interact with
non-upstaters that it occurred to me that the 'y' in Syracuse could
actually be taken as an invitation to use an 'i' vowel. (Yes, in spite of
my own name.)


--On Thursday, December 30, 2010 23:09 +0000 Charles C Doyle
<cdoyle at UGA.EDU> 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?
> --Charlie

Dr M Lynne Murphy
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