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Local Place Name Pronunciations

Local Pronunciations Across America

Local pronunciations can differ for place names, and locals use these pronunciations to differentiate outsiders. If you know of other local/outsider pronunciations, please email us at wvdialectproject@gmail.com

Rio, WV

Local: [ɹaɪo]

Non-local: [ɹio]

Iager, WV

Local: [jeɡɹ]

Non-local: [aɪgɹ]

Kanawha County, WV

Local: [kənɔ]

Non-local: [kənɔwə]

Hurricane, WV

Local: [hɹkɪn]

Non-local: [hɹɪken]

Kure Beach, NC

Local: [kjʊəri]

Non-local: [kɹi]

Robeson County, NC

Local: [ɹabɪsən]

Non-local: [ɹobɪsən]

Beaufort, NC vs. Beaufort, SC

NC: [boʊfəɹt]

SC: [bjufəɹt]

McDowell County, WV

Local: [mækdawəl]

Non-local: [məkdawəl]

Minooka, IL

Local: [mɪnʊkə]

Non-local: [mɪnukə]

Illinois

Local: [ɪlɪnoɪ]

Non-local: [ɪlɪnoɪs]

Williamette River, OR

Local: [wɪlæmɪt]

Non-local: [wɪljəmɛt]

Louisville, KY

Local: [luːəvəl] / [ləvəl]

Non-local: [luːiːvɪl]

Clemson, SC

Local: [klɛmpsɪn]

Non-local: [klɛmzən]

Bangor, ME

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Local: [bæŋɡoɹ]

Non-local: [bæŋɹ]

Horry County, SC

Local: [ɔri]

Non-local: [hɔri]

Minooka, IL

Local: [mɪnʊkə]

Non-local: [mɪnukə]

Quebec

Local: [kebɛk]

Non-local: [kwəbɛk]