Talk:lawyer

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Pronunciation[edit]

Can we get a source for the idea that the American English pronunciation is strongly and generally disyllabic? It certainly sounds more like the OED's monosyllabic version (albeit more rhotic) to me. — LlywelynII 08:27, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

The OED has a disyllabic pronunciation. Compare lawyer /ˈlɔɪə(r)/ with its minimal partner loir /lɔɪə(r)/, and also the fact that hyphenation dictionaries have law·yer (as indeed do we). Like many dictionaries, the OED does not mark stress on monosyllabic words, even those which are stressed, and so uses the stress mark to distinguish these two pronunciation. Same convention in flower vs flour, etc. (Yes, this is not phonetic, but then neither is the convention of using the stress mark on unstressed syllables to distinguish non-reduced vowels.) This is covered in the OED pronunciation guide. kwami (talk) 22:14, 26 November 2013 (UTC)