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A Question of Pronunciation - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
December 7th, 2008
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A Question of Pronunciation
Have you ever encountered anyone who pronounces the word literature as LITteratoor? If so, what sort of accent did this person have, what region do they hail from, etc.?

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From:mummimamma
Date:December 7th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
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Well, you can hear litteratur pronounced that way in several Eastern Norwegian dialects. But I guess you were asking about speakers of English, right?
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From:ijon
Date:December 7th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Yup :)

But as long as we're on the subject, how would, er, Western Norwegian dialects pronounce it? :)
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From:mummimamma
Date:December 7th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Most Western Norwegian dialects would say litteraTUR (the u is pronounced [u:]). Some dialects, like the Northern dialects (which are classified as Western), can have a secondary stress on the first syllable.
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From:Daniel [oeconomist.com]
Date:December 7th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Outside of actors playing rôles, my only recollections of people using that pronunciation are of people from Latin America, whose first language was Spanish.
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From:ijon
Date:December 8th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
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My one instance is a professor of classics with what I think is an "ole south" kind of accent.
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From:Daniel [oeconomist.com]
Date:December 8th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
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I don't know any Southerners who wouldn't pronounce that final syllable /tjur/, /tjuor/, /tjʊr/, or somesuch; though that certainly doesn't guarantee that there isn't or wasn't some regional pronunciation without the /j/.
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