I've heard there are two kinds of pronounciation for "status"... which one is American??

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I say the a as in rat.
In fact, to me, status rhymes with lattice.

CalifJimI say the a as in rat.
In fact, to me, status rhymes with lattice.
Uh, I thought they didn't rhyme... I would pronounce the final "us" differently.
But I think this has something to do with something I wanted to post about: different kinds of schwa. I often hear schwas that sounds like /e/ sounds, they are shifted. I remember reading it's a feature of California English, but it seems to me that I hear that everywhere.
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I believe in NAE we either utter the ‘a’ in "status" as (i) a long sound /eI/ as in ‘day’, (ii) its short one /æ/ as in ‘at’ or (iii) /Y+/ as in ‘ah’. The vowel <u> is reduced to a schwa /c/.
Now I'm confused folks... Emotion: crying
is there one pronounciation for "standard" American usage? It is just soooo weird to us, non native speakers, to get so many different ways of saying it... can anyone give me a piece of advice on it??
I think Americans don't even agree which is the correct way. Its a large country and every state has its own peculiar way of saying things. "Standard" depends where you were raised as a child. I would say pick you favourite state and find out how THEY say it! But just for the record, they say that IOWA has the weakest accent and they send actors there to practice Iowan English before making a movie. That way most or all of the audience will clearly understand what they say.
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Wow, I really didn't know that Iowa has the weakest accent of all states!! That's pretty cool!! =]
In fact, I'm always plugging away at learning a kind of standart accent, so I wouldn't have problems of communication but, talking of preferences I really have to that I prefer Californian one. So I'm going for CalifJim way of saying it.

Thanks for all of you,

and Mybelovedsushi it was a very useful advice!
I thought they didn't rhyme... I would pronounce the final "us" differently.
I can only go by what I say and what I hear. On that basis I'd say that schwa before s or n is a sound intermediate between i of bit and u of but. Personally, I say them a little closer to the i most of the time.

The same sound occurs in the final syllable of each of the following:

status, bonus, chorus, focus, locus, ruckus, callous, malice, palace, lattice, lettuce, Dallas, Thomas, Alice, alias, bias, forest, surest, ballast
fortune, captain, chaplain, matron, patron, wagon, Regan, Megan, foreign, portion, lemon, nation, Asian, alien, avian, vision, dozen, even, driven, reverend

Yeah, that's the feature I often notice...
...some schwas move close to i in bit, or e in bed, or the starting sound of the diphthong in say... somewhere around there.

http://media11.filewind.com/g.php?filepath=6707 <--- this is a "Hey, hold on a second" where I noticed that feature in "second".

It is probably a feature of Californian accents, I guess. Emotion: smile
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