0

We will start the day with cloudy skies.

(here is the audio of the above sentence )

Is the will in this audio file pronounced as /will/ or /wəl/?

To me, I hear that the speaker's vowel for will is not as near as /ə/ or as /i/.

How does he pronounce the word?

2
  • 3
    Strictly speaking it probably is a neutral schwa. But that's not easy for native speakers to be aware of, since we "hear" what we expect in such contexts. I can't imagine that it would make sense for a non-native speaker to seek to emulate such diction though. Usually the speaker himself is unaware of what he's doing, but I can easily imagine it seeming "odd" if it's done indiscriminately. Best stick to enunciating all vowels except those where nearly everyone uses a schwa and knows they do. Nov 14 '14 at 18:19
  • I hear it there as a shortened "wool", deeper than schwa. This is a regional variation. In parts of the south with twangy accents, you'll hear a dipthong, "weal". Up north, it's a high front vowel that rhymes with "pill". Nov 15 '14 at 13:13
2

"will" is a common "add-on" or auxillary word. That's why it's often contracted = "we'll, they'll, I'll, etc." Thus there is a tendency to run the two words together, and let the vowel in "will" fall to a schwa as though "we will" was one word with accent on the "we."

You'll never be misunderstood if you clearly pronounce the short i in will in all instances, though.

1

This could be easily answered with a dictionary.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/will

even has a 'listen' button

1
  • I think the OP is asking about a specific instance of pronunciation.
    – user6951
    Nov 14 '14 at 15:52

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.