Reanalysis of "adult" as "a dult".

Jord   Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:10 pm GMT
I refer to one adult as "a dult" and more than one as "dults". Anyone else here do such?
Uriel   Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:17 pm GMT
Skippy   Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:49 pm GMT
Never heard of that... it's "an adult"... I stress the second syllable.
Lazar   Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:54 pm GMT
In my case, the stress is identical - "adult" [@"dV5t], "a dult" [@ "dV5t] - but nonetheless, that reanalysis doesn't seem natural to me at all.
Guest   Sun Aug 19, 2007 11:56 pm GMT
When stressing the syllables of the word "adult", isn't the noun A-dult and the adjective a-DULT?
Lazar   Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:09 am GMT
No. Most dictionaries list both stress patterns for "adult", regardless of the part of speech. I use the same pronunciation, [@"dV5t], for both.
Uriel   Mon Aug 20, 2007 3:53 am GMT
And I say aDULT for each -- never AD-dult. But that's just personal preference.
Uriel   Mon Aug 20, 2007 3:54 am GMT
(And to me, AD-dult always sounds much like "addled", so it makes me smile.)
Guest   Mon Aug 20, 2007 7:29 pm GMT
Uriel....when will you master X-sampa? Too heavy for your brain! ;)
Uriel   Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:26 am GMT
Sorry, Guest -- I hate X-SAMPA and deliberately ignore it. Personal quirk.
beneficii   Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:30 am GMT
Now I'll tell you about the origin of "nickname." It was originally from "an ekename"; back in middle English the 'n' in "an" would be pronounced as part of the first syllable of the word that followed the "an." So that is the origin.
Travis   Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:31 am GMT
I pronounce "adult" as [@:"dVM?] whereas I pronounce "a dult" as [%@:"dVM?] or [%e:"dVM?] myself.