aristocrat, aristocracy, aristocratic
Posted: 02 December 2012 03:42 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Here’s where I place the stress in these words (’ for primary stress, “ for secondary stress, mark precedes the relevant syllable):

a ‘ris to “crat

“a ris ‘to cra cy

‘a ris to “cra tic

(Actually, the weight on the first and fourth syllables is just about even in aristocratic.)

I think this pattern for aristocracy is universal, right? There’s only one way to go with those -ocracy words.

For the other two, I am aware that other permutations are common but I don’t know whether these follow national/regional trends.

So, is one of these considered standard in England, the USA, elsewhere? How do _you_ say them?

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Posted: 02 December 2012 04:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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‘a ris to “cra tic

I’ve run this one through my mind several times but I think I would say a ‘ris to ‘cra tic

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Posted: 03 December 2012 01:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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’a ris to ‘crat
‘a ris to ‘crat ic
“a ris ‘to cracy
UK.
edit: Just noticed my accents change, depending on where they sit.

[ Edited: 03 December 2012 01:40 AM by ElizaD ]
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Posted: 03 December 2012 02:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Same as Eliza for me.

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