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    Pronunciation

    When i was a student there were two words that have now changed their pronunciation. Appalachian and Caribbean.

    Appalachian is now spoken as though the second ‘a’ is spoken as ‘ahh.’ I was taught that the second ‘a’ was a ‘sharp’ a ( I can’t think of an example.)

    Appilaechian?

    Caribbean is the other one that comes to mind.

    I was taught hat it was Caribian, and now it seems that the proper pronunciation is Caribeean, anyone old enough to help me ?
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    Re: Pronunciation

    I don't know what the other pronunciation of Appalachian is. I say app-el-A-tion. Caribbean has always been pronounced two different ways. More people probably say it care-ah-BEE-en nowadays because that's how it's pronounced in Pirates of the Caribbean.
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    Re: Pronunciation

    Caribbeean is totally this guy's fault.

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    Weird. I've never heard it pronounced like this with the short a in the 3rd syllable.
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    Re: Pronunciation

    I've always been of the opinion that it's apple, as in apple and and achian and in nation.

    Caribbean has always been carib be in.

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    Re: Pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post

    Weird. I've never heard it pronounced like this with the short a in the 3rd syllable.
    Josie, just because the people that live there say it that way doesn't mean they're right!

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    Re: Pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by Rexedgar View Post
    When i was a student there were two words that have now changed their pronunciation. Appalachian and Caribbean.

    Appalachian is now spoken as though the second ‘a’ is spoken as ‘ahh.’ I was taught that the second ‘a’ was a ‘sharp’ a ( I can’t think of an example.)

    Appilaechian?

    Caribbean is the other one that comes to mind.

    I was taught hat it was Caribian, and now it seems that the proper pronunciation is Caribeean, anyone old enough to help me ?
    I'm with you here, but I grew-up where everything is pronounced with hard 'A's!
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    Re: Pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post


    Weird. I've never heard it pronounced like this with the short a in the 3rd syllable.
    In my state Ohio the southeastern part of the state is part of Appalachia territory and no one around here pronounces it the way your recording rendered.

    It is not a short a but a long a in the 3rd syllable such as able, age, agent, acorn etc.

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    Re: Pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post


    Weird. I've never heard it pronounced like this with the short a in the 3rd syllable.
    This what I hear now^^ I learned the long ‘a’.
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    Re: Pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by Rexedgar View Post
    When i was a student there were two words that have now changed their pronunciation. Appalachian and Caribbean.

    Appalachian is now spoken as though the second ‘a’ is spoken as ‘ahh.’ I was taught that the second ‘a’ was a ‘sharp’ a ( I can’t think of an example.)

    Appilaechian?

    Caribbean is the other one that comes to mind.

    I was taught hat it was Caribian, and now it seems that the proper pronunciation is Caribeean, anyone old enough to help me ?
    I've always remembered both pronunciations for each word. I always go by what the people who live there call it. Which is almost always apple latch en.

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