occasional observations on English pronunciation features, phonetics, teaching and learning
Friday, 12 July 2013
While listening to a speech given by Barack Obama during the G8 summit meeting in 2012, I stumbled across his weakform pronunciation of the word 'interest' as /ˈɪntrs̩t/1. Intr'stingly, none of the 'Big Three'
lists this as a variant pronunciation.
Listen to two snippets and decide for yourselves if you can spot a schwa:
photo credit: SpreePiX
---------- 1Sorry for the misaligned syllabicity diacritic.