Fun facts about the English language

Tiffany   Wed Jul 27, 2005 3:14 am GMT

...for one
Ved   Wed Jul 27, 2005 3:31 am GMT
Ved   Wed Jul 27, 2005 3:33 am GMT
Kirk   Wed Jul 27, 2005 4:05 am GMT
<<That is, of course, if identical ultimate syllables and identical stress patterns count as rhyming.>>

Ved, you have initial stress on "syringe?" I pronounce them ["Or\IndZ] and [s3`"IndZ]. Is that from British English or a Canadianism that's entered your speech?
Kirk   Wed Jul 27, 2005 4:12 am GMT
Hey Tiffany we miss you over at the other forum--

an Italian thread was started and we were wondering where you went! Also, Ved, we haven't seen you there in a little bit, too (that is, if you have the time and inclination to keep up with 2 forums) :)
Ved   Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:21 am GMT
As I only do the IPA, I can't transcribe my pronunciation here, but I do have the first syllable stressed in "syringe".

The preferred British form is the one with the second syllable stressed, but many people still say it the way I do (SYRinge).

I honestly can't decide what the "Canadian" stress pattern would be. I'll be listening for it now, though.


On a different note, I just posted in your unilang thread on what to do with a linguistics degree. I will try to contribute to the langcafe forum too, but I'm waiting for Yann to activate my "-d" account.
Tim   Sun Aug 14, 2005 10:10 am GMT
For all those people who thought they were smart by claiming that they found words that ended in 'mpt', i just thought i'd be the one to inform them that the actual word is 'Dreamt', which obviously ends in 'mt' not 'mpt'. Thank You :)
american nic   Sun Aug 14, 2005 8:57 pm GMT
I'm confused...I stress the second syllable of syringe also...
Lazar   Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:22 am GMT
I've only ever heard syringe with the second syllable stressed.
Paul   Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:44 am GMT
I've never heard the first syllable of syringe stressed either.

I've heard an accent on TV that tended to stress the first syllable of certain words that are generally second syllable stressed. Ie; INsurance, ECzema. Not sure where it was from, the guy was black and from somewhere in the US.
american nic   Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:16 pm GMT
I thought eczema was stressed on the first syllable...of course, I've only heard the word on commercials advertising a medication for it.
Sanja   Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:00 pm GMT
I was taught to pronounce "insurance" with the stress on the first syllable.
Uriel   Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:07 pm GMT
I prefer inSURance, too. The one that gets me is fin-ANCE. I like FI-nance, long I, first syllable stressed.
princess   Wed Aug 24, 2005 10:54 am GMT
i like those fun facts bout english......awsome
Zuiko   Wed Aug 24, 2005 12:30 pm GMT
and [last] can mean LOST in LA, LAST in London and LUST in Australia :)