"H. S. Teoh" wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 06, 2001 at 11:31:30PM -0500, Robert Hailman wrote:
> [snip]
> > I'm from:
> > /t_hVrOnt_ho/ - Toronto
> Hmmm, the locals here seem to pronounce "Toronto" differently :-) I'm not
> sure if this is slang or something, but one time, somebody here told me
> that you could tell that a person is from Toronto if he pronounces it as
>         /t_hVrOno/
> (the 'n' has a dental click, forgot what the symbol for that is.) Of
> course, there was this joke/rumour that the Canadian border officers will
> get suspicious if you said you lived in /t_hVrOnt_ho/ instead of
> /t_hVrOno/. Not sure if this is 100% true :-)

Hmm. /t_hVrOno/ does seem to be more of a slang pronounciation, from my
experience. I do use it like that in fast and/or casual speech, but I
doubt I'd say it like that if someone asked me where I lived, and so I
gave the somewhat for careful pronounciation.

> > /Ont_hEjrio:/ - Ontario
> > /k_h&nVda/ - Canada
> Hmm, the people I know around here seem to pronounce this as /Ont_h&rjo:/
> and /k_h&nVd@/ instead. Maybe this is a regional thing?? it'd be
> interesting if Toronto has regional idiolects within itself :-P

Hmm. Wouldn't surprise me. ;-) Actually, I imagine it wouldn't be
regional, but cultural - I come from a Jewish backround, which certainly
does have some effect on how I talk.