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Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 4:01:46 AM
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Do native speakers pronounce "basically" as "basicly" (minus the "al" sound)?

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Romany
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 4:23:19 AM
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Yes.
thar
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 4:57:43 AM

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But it has to have a little sound in there, at least, because you don't say it quite the way you would 'sickly'. Or most people don't. Because the 'sic' is unstressed, you have to recover a bit to say the 'ly' so there is a bit of an uh sound. But I agree, it can be pretty small the way most people say it.
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Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 6:38:44 AM

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I would agree with the caveat that there's normally a local accent somewhere that will pronounce it differently.Whistle

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Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 8:09:03 AM

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Ya know, the TFD provides pronunciations for nearly every word. A British pronunciation is provided as well as a US.
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Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 9:11:42 AM

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Wilmar (USA) wrote:
Ya know, the TFD provides pronunciations for nearly every word. A British pronunciation is provided as well as a US.


The trouble is there there not one British accent not one single American accent either, although we might be able to give the most common variants of pronunciation there are often little pockets of the world where something is said in a different way.

Compare a Somerset accent to a Geordie, a Cockney to a Glaswegian all very different.

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palapaguy
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 11:25:12 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Do native speakers pronounce "basically" as "basicly" (minus the "al" sound)?

Thanks.

This is the way I commonly hear the word pronounced in AE:

https://www.google.com/search?q=basically&oq=basically&aqs=chrome..69i57j0j69i60j0l3.7296j0j4&client=ubuntu&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Koh Elaine
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Thanks, everybody.
ozok
Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2018 9:00:58 AM
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Quote:
Ya know, the TFD provides pronunciations for nearly every word...


'ya' is one of those words that the TDF doesn't provide a pronunciation!



just sayin'
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2018 2:23:20 AM

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I (from the North of England) agree with Romany and Sarriesfan.
I don't know any local variant which pronounces the "al" as anything more than a very quiet unstressed "uh".

I don't pronounce it like the sound-byte palapaguy gives.

That sounds like Beiy'sickly. Almost "bicycle-y".

My pronunciation is more Bā'sickəly
Just like the two sounds (one American and one British) on this page at the top (not like the American Heritage, which gives it as "basikerly").


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Romany
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2018 5:55:00 PM
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I don't say/hear that tiny shwar sound, to me it's: = BASICK-ly.Not just in BE but in general in English. It's such a ubiquitous word right now (but, basicly, it seems to be dying down a little now) that I think most of us just gloss over it and don't ever really hear it any more!!

Because, like, basicly, it was a sort of basic paradigm that, well, basicaly no one has ever considered it part of the, y'know, basics?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2018 3:32:55 AM

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Probably, when I basically speak without listening to myself, I basically omit that syllable, too.


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