When does medial ‹d› represent /dʒ/ e.g. educate, graduate, soldier, ... ? Is there any rule?

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Quoting from the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary, p. 206:

Less frequently, the pronunciation [of d] is dʒ as in gradual, procedure. This pronunciation comes about through yod coalescence [see here], and applies where the spelling is du, most typically where u counts as a weak vowel. Some BrE speakers also do this where u counts as a strong vowel, and likewise where the spelling is eu, ew as in dew, due dju: or dʒu:.

  • This is consistent with what I found in the Oxford Companion to the English Language.
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    Commented Sep 1, 2014 at 18:33

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