I heard someone pronounce the word "Italian" like "eye-talian". I couldn't figure out what regional accent (in the U.S.) that pronunciation came from. Anyone know where this particular pronunciation is popular?
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I heard someone pronounce the word "Italian" like "eye-talian". I couldn't figure out what regional accent (in the U.S.) that pronunciation came from. Anyone know where this particular pronunciation is popular?

It isn't regional. It's common to most, if not
all, North American communities having a low
English literacy level.

Michael West
I heard someone pronounce the word "Italian" like "eye-talian". I ... came from. Anyone know where this particular pronunciation is popular?

It isn't regional. It's common to most, if not all, North American communities having a low English literacy level.

Yes. George W. Bush says Eye-talian
Alan
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Alan Crozier
Skatteberga 1392

247 92 Södra SandbySweden
TO REPLY BY E-MAIL: change Crazier to Crozier
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It isn't regional. It's common to most, if not all, North American communities having a low English literacy level.

Yes. George W. Bush says Eye-talian

So did Jimmy Carter, who undoubtedly has a better grasp of the English language than George W. Bush. I believe that in Carter's case it was part of his regional dialect (I don't know if he still says the word that way. He was criticized at one point for doing so and thus may very well have decided to alter his pronunciation of the word.)
See
http://www.uta.fi/FAST/US8/PC/ind-nata.html
for a mention of it in the ADS-L, the e-mail discussion list of the American Dialect Society.

Raymond S. Wise
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
E-mail: mplsray @ yahoo . com
It isn't regional. It's common to most, if not all, North American communities having a low English literacy level.

Eye-talian was mandated for radio/phone communication in the U.S. Army in 1944, after "Two Italians coming over that ridge" was misheard as "Two battalions coming over that ridge."
Cece
I heard someone pronounce the word "Italian" like "eye-talian". I couldn't figure out what regional accent (in the U.S.) that pronunciation came from. Anyone know where this particular pronunciation is popular?

Bit like "eye-ran" and "eye-rack", innit.
Cheers, Sage
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I heard someone pronounce the word "Italian" like "eye-talian". I ... came from. Anyone know where this particular pronunciation is popular?

Bit like "eye-ran" and "eye-rack", innit. Cheers, Sage

As it happens, MWCD11 has /aI'r&n/ ("I ran ") as a variant pronunciation for "Iran," but it does not have /aI'r&k/ ("I rack ") as a variant pronunciation for "Iraq."
The pronunciation /aI'r&n/ is not shown as being significantly rarer than the other variants for that name, but under the entry for "Italian," the pronunciation /,aI'[email protected]/ is preceded by the word "also," signifying that it is a secondary variant, that is, noticeably rarer than the other variants.

Raymond S. Wise
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
E-mail: mplsray @ yahoo . com
I heard someone pronounce the word "Italian" like "eye-talian". I ... came from. Anyone know where this particular pronunciation is popular?

Bit like "eye-ran" and "eye-rack", innit.

How about the A-zores? The popular pronunciation comes dangerously close to Eye-sores, which is unfair for such beautiful islands.

Alan
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Alan Crozier
Skatteberga 1392

247 92 Södra SandbySweden
TO REPLY BY E-MAIL: change Crazier to Crozier
Bit like "eye-ran" and "eye-rack", innit.

How about the A-zores? The popular pronunciation comes dangerously closeto Eye-sores, which is unfair for such beautiful islands. Alan xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Alan Crozier Skatteberga 1392 247 92 Södra Sandby Sweden TO REPLY BY E-MAIL: change Crazier to Crozier

I've never heard that pronunciation. I tend to the Spanish-style short A, anyway.
Cheers, Sage
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