Monday, April 23, 2012

Pronunciation of Pleasanton, CA

The best way to learn a language is: don't use exotic material. If you are living in the bay area, you know of Pleasanton, CA

Question: Why /t/ is not nasally released in Pleasanton? Why /t/ is nasally released in Mountain View?

It depends on the stress.

In Pleasanton, the stress doesn't fall on the second syllable, that's why /t/ is not nasally released. However, it is in Mountain, since the stress falls on the first syllable.

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