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Dec. 20th, 2007

05:36 pm - AM-byu-LANCE

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Right now, Dad is watching "How It's Made" on the Discovery Channel. They're showing how ambulances are made, but the narrator is pronouncing the second 'a' the same way as the first one (like in the word "lance") instead of as a schwa, like "ambu-l'nce". Is this a Canadian pronunciation?

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From:super_jay
Date:December 20th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it is a Canadian production :)

Both narrators also tend to mis-pronounce alot because it's also a Quebec production and the narrators sound as though French is their primary language.
There is a French version of the show and they have the same narrators.

We doont all speak like that eh!
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From:super_jay
Date:December 21st, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
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Ambulance in French is Ambulance. Though it's pronounced "ahm-buu-lahn-sss".

It's not that they're emphasising the second "a"...
Rather, there is emphasis on the "an" together since it's a nasal group common in the French language. (en, an, em, am, aen, aon; all have this long nasal A sound, that sounds like ahm or ahn)

So someone who is French pronouncing Ambulance in English will likely put too much emphasis on "an".
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From:aerofox
Date:December 21st, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
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Oh, you mean Inspector Clouseau? ^_^
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From:deckardcanine
Date:December 21st, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
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I say it that way, and I'm from DC. I heard it that way on "Sesame Street," which may be where I learned it.
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