Discussion Forum (Archived)

Please consider registering
guest

Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

The forums are currently locked and only available for read-only access. No new posts or comments can be created.
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Appalachian appellation
2013/08/08
10:26am
Avatar
Heimhenge
New River, AZ, USA
Members
Forum Posts: 1096
Member Since:
2010/05/18
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Good to see the forum up and running again, after close to a week. I pinged Grant about that the other day, and he explained he’d been tinkering with the forum theme, so it was kind of in a state of flux. Anyway, on to my question …

It seems lately I’ve been hearing Appalachian pronounced with the third “a” as a short sound. This is mainly done by weather forecasters on TV. Not all of them, but many of them. I guessed this was because of the similarity to Apalachicola (a city in Florida), where the third “a” is pronounced as a short sound.

I’ve been pronouncing Appalachian with a long third “a” all my life, and that’s the way I always heard others say it. But of late, I’ve been hearing this alternative pronunciation so often I was driven to double-check on that. I wondered if perhaps this was one of those deals like with “vase” and “vahz.” But (almost) every source I could find agreed with my pronunciation.

Wiki says there are some alternative pronunciations, but they’re mostly based in regional dialects.

So my question is this: shouldn’t a person on national TV be using the “proper” non-dialect pronunciation? My understanding was that all TV newscasters try to sound like each other, accent neutral, regardless of whether the broadcast comes from Texas, Maine, or California. I thought that was SOP in the media business.

 

 

2013/08/10
8:04am
Avatar
Robert
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 553
Member Since:
2011/10/03
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
I am not quite sure what you mean by the short a, but this man’s is clearly a veise/va:se issue, and both his a’s are pretty long:
 

http://youtu.be/XFFguHd33RY

 
(If the link fails you can find him and many others in youtube with ‘Appalachian pronunciation.’ )
2013/08/10
1:24pm
Avatar
Heimhenge
New River, AZ, USA
Members
Forum Posts: 1096
Member Since:
2010/05/18
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Robert said: I am not quite sure what you mean by the short a

By “short a” I mean the way it’s pronounced in words like that, cat, bat.

2013/08/10
3:03pm
Jay DeKing
New Member
Members
Forum Posts: 1
Member Since:
2012/04/14
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I grew up pronouncing it Ap-pa-lay-chuh, but I didn’t live here then. Now I’m in the Smoky Mountains and it is definitely Ap-pa-latch-uh. That’s how the locals say it.