Why do people make the "uh" pronunciation instead of "ee" with certain words?

Like mex-uh-co instead of mex-ee-co. Or uh-vent instead of ee-vent.

3 Answers

  • 8 months ago
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    Uh are the only one I have "heard" do this / some people are lazy linguists.

  • 8 months ago

    Gretchen is right. But in English, it would never be mex-ee-co. It's true that in Spanish, the letter "i" is pronounced "ee".  For some Spanish words, we do copy the pronunciation- as in tor-tee-ya". But most country names and different in different languages.  In English, it's usually pronounce Mex-short i-co--- The i as in it, not the schwa. 

    The stress timing in English and the schwa for unstressed vowels is why people say "I'm gonna", with the final sound being the "uh". 

  • 8 months ago

    That's the unstressed vowel known as schwa.  It's normal, natural, and correct to pronounce your two examples in that way and in fact most words follow that rule.

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