Nicholas Bodley wrote:
> {I haven't read all the replies, yet, on this topic}
> My, this is a bit of ongoing social education (it should never stop). I'll
> be "up front" and say that I'm something of a social recluse, although
> when out in society, I tend to find it easy to be congenial. Apparently,
> by consensus, adding a vowel (as in "duh-voar-zhahk")
> is often the social norm, and a damyankee who should know better :) has a
> bit to learn.
> A couple of examples from upstate New York (state): Nunda rhymes with
> "Sunday", and "Chili" is not too different from"jai-alai"; both "i's" are
> "long". (My apologies for not knowing the IPA, either the original or
> ASCII representation.)
> Btw, is "Peirce" pronounced almost like "purse"? (I did spell that name
> carefully, with Chas. Sanders P. in mind; it's not "Peirce".) It looks
> like an Irish spelling.

Peirce the philosopher is like "purse," but Pierce the president is like

> Finally, the last name of the composer Leos JanáÄ*ek is apparently
> universally mispronounced in the classical music community in the USA; we
> accent the first syllable.

The stress is on the first syllable, but the vowel of the second
syllable is long.
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...