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15:06 Feb 13, 2005
English to English translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary - Linguistics / Phonetics
English term or phrase:prince's / princess (pronunciation)
Is there any difference in pronunciation?
As in "The Prince's cat seemed to dislike the Princess"
Explanation: Yes, there is. As I can't use phonetic alphabet here (might not display correctly), I'll use an example: Prince's would use the same vowel as the one in 'it's' or 'in' (closer to the front of the vowel space), while Princess uses the same vowel sound as in 'embattled' or 'egg'. I use British English, so there may be some variation according to what variety people use. But there is definitely a difference.
Karin Walker Germany Local time: 18:53 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English, German PRO pts in category: 4