Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 17:09:53 -0500
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: ornery
Here in NE Wisconsin [ornery is]
pronounced with three syllables, more or less like it's spelled.
Do they pronounce both r's ?
Does anyone know why/when the first r is not pronounced?
Isn't it? It is for me: or-nuh-ry.
Speaking of "or" words, does anybody else find it odd that "bore"
is given in the Fromkin-Rodman chart of key words to represent "aw"?
My students couldn't figure out why there were different symbols for
the vowel in "boat" and the vowel in "bore." I told them to ignore
"bore" and substitute "paw." (We then discussed briefly the horse/hoarse
distinction, but I do think a more consistently pronounced key word
should be given in an introductory textbook.)
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)