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Autor:  Estêvão
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Data:  06/ABR/2007 2:28 AM
Assunto:  /,ju:ni´v3:.si.ti/

I have the impression that many Brazilians do actually pronounce year and ear identically (but maybe it’s just me). Since Portuguese doesn’t have syllable-initial [j], Brazilians tend to replace it with [i], saying [,iu:ni´v3:.si.ti] instead of [,ju:ni´v3:.si.ti]. That’s not usually a problem for comprehension if the following vowel is not /i/ or /i:/. But if it is, as in year, replacing [j] with [i] creates a problem. (I’m not sure if the problem lies in production or in (my) perception.)


So I think it is quite clear that you cannot write [,iu:ni´v3:.si.ti] instead of [,ju:ni´v3:.si.ti] since the first transcription shows how Brazilian learners speak, whereas the second shows the pronunciation they should aim at.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
/,ju:ni´v3:.si.ti/   –  Fabio  05/ABR/2007, 11:31 AM
/,ju:ni´v3:.si.ti/   –  Tiago T.  05/ABR/2007, 11:47 AM
/,ju:ni´v3:.si.ti/   –  Fabio  05/ABR/2007, 12:23 PM
/,ju:ni´v3:.si.ti/   –  Lilia Brik  05/ABR/2007, 2:51 PM
/,ju:ni´v3:.si.ti/   –  José Roberto  05/ABR/2007, 10:13 PM
 /,ju:ni´v3:.si.ti/   –  Estêvão  06/ABR/2007, 2:28 AM
/,ju:ni´v3:.si.ti/   –  Lilia Brik  10/ABR/2007, 10:41 AM

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