The Pronunciation of Missouri : Variation and Change in American English

  title={The Pronunciation of Missouri : Variation and Change in American English},
  author={Donald M. Lance},
  journal={American Speech},
  pages={255 - 284}
  • D. Lance
  • Published 1 August 2003
  • Linguistics, History
  • American Speech
�� Why do some people say Missour-ee and others say Missour-uh? Which one is “correct”? The spellings in early documents and comments made in print since the late 1600s indicate the existence of considerable variation in the pronunciations of all three vowels and the medial consonant in the word Missouri. An individual may attempt to account for a particular pronunciation on the basis of spelling or on “how the Indians said the word.” In answering the opening questions, this article will take a… 

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