baudman wrote:Canuck wrote: If locals are using alternative versions, it may reflect things such as incomplete learning of exceptions to local pronunciation 'rules', influence of media, or even effects of migration of populations and the sounds they bring with them.
Many of the streets in my home town were named after ppl, i.e. it was their surname. I've noticed, over the decades, that an increasing number of (now) locals* are pronouncing them more phonetically, instead of the way the person's actual name was pronounced.
Ruthven. (Was 'roothven' but now 'ruhthven')
Gilchrist. (Was 'gilkrist' but now 'gill-cry-st')
Mounsey. (Was 'munsey', but now..er... 'Mounsey')
So, similar to the above, but perhaps the other way around? (Haven't learned the local exceptions?)
*Including Real Estate Agents.
Some of my ancestors came from a town in Cornwall called Mousehole. It's apparently pronounced either "Mowzel" or "Muzzle".