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Regarding the pronunciation of a noun 'advocate'


could it be that both ædvəkət and ædvəkɪt are right?

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anonymousCould it be that both ædvəkət and ædvəkɪt are right?

Yes. Before /t/ (and /d/, /n/, /s/, and /z/) either of those is possible, as is any sound between them. In my variety of English in California we tend toward the second of those (/ædvəkɪt/).

The schwa of unaccented syllables in English varies between /ə/, /ɪ/, and /ʊ/, and any other indistinct central vowel in that neighborhood, chiefly dependent on the following consonant.

CJ