pronunciation (breakfast)

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by mathman, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    I pronounce "breafast" as "breck fist", while I pronounce "break fast" as "brake fast". Is this usual, and if so, how did it develop?
     
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  3. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    I'm guessing that because it is harder to say "br-ayk-fast" than "br-ek-fast", the vowel sound just naturally slipped over time to give the pronounciation we have today.
     
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