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Naughty notifications

While listening to an online lecture about software engineering presented by a German, I noticed a systematic, incorrect pronunciation of the words notify and notification. The correct pronunciations are readily found online, for example in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary:

notify: [ˈnəʊtɪfaɪ] (BE), [ˈnoʊtɪfaɪ] (AE) | listen here

notification: [ˌnəʊtɪfɪˈkeɪʃn] (BE), [ˌnoʊtɪfɪˈkeɪʃn] (AE) | listen here

What I heard instead was [ˈnɔːtɪfaɪ] and [ˌnɔːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃn], with noti– pronoucouned like the word naughty [ˈnɔːti] (listen here).  A reluctance to pronounce the letter o as [əʊ] or [oʊ] may be related to the fact that this is not usually done in standard German but quite common in Bavarian and Austrian accents.

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