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Spelling: nun or noun?
Now what's right, Pronunciation or Pronounciation (see pronounce -> Related)? --Newbie (CH) 15:12, 5 Aug 2004 (UTC)
- Pronunciation is the standard spelling. (I went and fixed the link at pronounce.) See Wiktionary:List of common misspellings. —Muke Tever 22:35, 5 Aug 2004 (UTC)
- But isn't it said as 'pronounciation'? At least I have always heard it so. Or I think so, since I won't hear much english apart from tv. 188.8.131.52 04:04, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
- Why it is "nun"? What is the reason for "o" to drop off? That's what I'd like to know. 184.108.40.206 13:34, 19 July 2011 (UTC)
- The "o" is not dropped out of pronunciation. On the contrary, an "o" in inserted in pronounce. The "o" is added to reflect our English pronunciation of pronounce. Pronunciation < Old French pronuncier < Late Latin pronunciare < Latin pronuntiare, from pro- + nuntiare < nuntius (messenger). —Stephen (Talk) 22:47, 19 July 2011 (UTC)
Who pronounces it "proNOUNciation"?
The article gives two ways to pronounce this word:
- /pɹəˌnaʊnsiˈeɪʃən/ (nonstandard)
- The n is a voiced nasal alveolar stop and the s is a voiceless oral alveolar fricative. The t is what you get when you replace all the characteristics of the n with the characteristics of the s, except for the stop part- in other words, it's intermediate between the two. Having this show up in the pronunciation is no surprise at all- the question is whether this is better treated as phonemic or as a minor phonetic detail to be left out, like the aspiration on the p. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:16, 25 February 2016 (UTC)