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On 4 Sep 2010, at 03:47, Eric Christopherson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On Sep 3, 2010, at 7:43 PM, Peter Collier wrote:
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>> ...shire    .../S@/    -    e.g. Worcestershire    /wUst@S@/ 
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> Where/when would one say /SI@/ instead of /S@/? Does that depend on the accent of the person saying it, or is it built into the pronunciation of the place?
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Never, IME. Always [log in to unmask] Compare "sheriff" < shire reeve. 

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> Also, _-chester_ is pronounced /tS)Est@/, not /tS)@st@/, right? I believe it has a full vowel in US usage. My personal style is to use a full /{/ in _Lancaster_, but I think the place in Pennsylvania is pronounced locally as /"l{nK@[log in to unmask]

I've heard both reduced and full vowels. But the reduced form dominates. 

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