Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998 08:41:32 -0400
From: Larry Horn
Subject: Re: pron question

At 12:54 AM -0700 4/21/98, Kim & Rima McKinzey wrote:
>Would any of you care to give me your opinion in an informal survey re the
>pronunciation of adverbial -ically? This would be in words like
>authentically, historically, optimistically, etc.
>Specifically (right), do you pronounce a schwa between the k and the lee?
>(I know, I'm not getting into IPA forms, but most e-mail programs don't
>support the fonts.)

No, neither I nor my neighbors pronounce a schwa there, and evidence from
misspellings by my students and my kids suggests that -icly would be a more
accurate rendering than the traditionally sanctioned -ically. (This
from south-central Connecticut, but as I recall the situation in
south-central Wisconsin and northern and southern California was similar.)