Syllable Reductions

Posted by Lisa (Elisabeth) H. Braley on 9/9/2009 1:00:00 PM

Syllable reduction is deletion or reduction of unstressed syllables
in multisyllabic words,
especially in fast speech.

For example:

anniversary ( Looks like 5 syllables)
 /a ni VER sri/ (But it's  only 4!)

Here are some more words that may be pronounced
with one LESS syllable than is written in natural
Native American English (NAE).

aspirin
average  

bachelor

beverage

broccoli 
business  
cameras  
chocolate  
comfortable   
complimentary

conference

deliberate (adjective only)
delivery 
desparately  
difference    
factory

family

favorite

favorable 
generally
gro
cery

honorable

interests 

interested

interesting

jewelry   
different   
documentary 
equivalent 
elementary
etc. (etcetera)
every
laboratory
mayonnaise

memory

miserable 

mystery

opera
physically
references 
respiratory
restaurant  

satisfactory

separate (adjective only)  
specifically  
temperature
traveler   
usually   
valuable 

vegetable


       
                             

 

                                

    

            

 

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