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'Irreparable' - whose pronunciation scheme do you prefer?

 
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fluffyhamster



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:33 am    Post subject: 'Irreparable' - whose pronunciation scheme do you prefer? Reply with quote

With reference to their representation of the word 'irreparable', which dictionary's pronunciation scheme do you most prefer?

1) Oxford's, and later COBUILDs' ("Full transcription"):
http://www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com/dictionary/irreparable

2) Longman's: apparently not shown in the online version, but the LDoCE4 paper version uses an italicized schwa to show when it may or may not be pronounced (i.e. may be omitted) by one speaker versus another.

3) Macmillan's ("Bracketed"):
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/irreparable

4) The original COBUILD's, and BBC English Dictionary's (whose similar if not identical pronunciation systems were devised by the late David Brazil): used a small superscript zero after/to indicate an omissible schwa.

5) Cambridge's ("Complete omission" - The dots you can see are apparently to show syllable boundaries rather than mark any schwa omission i.e. omissible schwas have been cut out completely, it seems!):
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/irreparable

6) Other. (Please describe).
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Lorikeet



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the Oxford Dictionary's American version. MacMillan's sounded the same to me to. I think I have 5 syllables, although one of them is pretty reduced. Somehow, "irreprable" doesn't sound quite right. The example in Cambridge sounded like it was really dropped.
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