Date: Thu, 25 Jul 1996 10:46:46 EDT
From: Bruce Southard ENSOUTHA[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ECUVM.CIS.ECU.EDU
Subject: Re: literary words
The recent discussion of "waft" and the effect of spelling
pronunciations leads me to introduce the word "cupola." For some bizarre
reason, our campus is being graced by a double-scale copy of a "cupola"
that once adorned a building that was torn down a number of years ago.
Campus publications have featured numerous photographs of the "cupola"
currently under construction and I have heard all sorts of
pronunciations when people talk about the new structure. Before reading
further, you might think about how you pronounce the word.
Thus far I have heard "cup-uh-luh," "kyou-puh-luh," "koup-uh-luh,"
"kou-pyou-luh," "cup-you-luh" and "cuh-poh-luh" (As you can tell, I'm
having difficulty in indicating whether "p" is a coda or an onset.)
After using the first of these pronunciations and finding myself in the
minority, I checked the American Heritage Dictionary, which lists only
the second pronunciation.I find the palatalization of the /k/
interesting, for the AHD lists both the palatalized and non-palatalized
pronunciation for such words as "cumin" and "culinary" (the palatalized
pronunciation is listed after the non-palatalized for "cumin," but the
order is reversed for "culinary").
Do your pronunciations of "cupola" provide any significant data for
"spelling pronunciations" compared to "dictionary pronunciations"?