|cover of the 1st ed.|
I am interested in the pronunciation of 'beloved' (of course). What do the three top dogs tell us?
LPD3 has this (1st the UK pron, then the US):
EPD18 is a bit more confusing. We're first given the transcription of the predicative use with 2 sylls, but the speakers of the two model accents present us with different versions (again 1st UK, then US):
As regards the attributive usage, the prons match at least one of the transcriptions. Listen:
What's our maverick got to say?
|credit: ODP, lemma beloved|
Confused by all this? My advice to EFL speakers is this rule of thumb:
If beloved is used attributively, as a noun or in formulaic speech, pronounce it /biˈlʌvɪd/:
- I was in my beloved London;
- in memory of our dearly beloved daughter;
- it was a gift from her beloved;
- Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today ...
- she was beloved by all her readers;
- Prof X, much beloved by his students, died in an accident.
One last question and an answer to it: How is the title of T. Morrison's book pronounced?/biˈlʌvɪd/ (or /biˈlʌvəd/).