Fun facts about the English language
<<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?
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) :)
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.
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 :)
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.
I thought eczema was stressed on the first syllable...of course, I've only heard the word on commercials advertising a medication for it.
I was taught to pronounce "insurance" with the stress on the first syllable.
I prefer inSURance, too. The one that gets me is fin-ANCE. I like FI-nance, long I, first syllable stressed.
and [last] can mean LOST in LA, LAST in London and LUST in Australia :)