Strange pronunciation of 'assume'



Today I heard in two (totally unrelated) videos the same unexpected pronunciation of the word 'assume' by native speakers. Googling came up with /əˈsjuːm/ both for English and American pronunciation (and that's also what I had expected. However, what I heard in those videos clearly was something like "a-shoom". Is that a specific dialect?

Hagen von Eitzen

Posted 2016-04-24T10:07:11.773

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1Link to videos please – Peter – 2016-04-24T10:11:36.753


"Yod coalescence ‎(uncountable) (phonology): A process in English phonology whereby the clusters [dj], [tj], [sj], and [zj] become [dʒ], [tʃ], [ʃ], and [ʒ], respectively, through mutual assimilation." (Wiktionary). In your case, the cluster [sj] becomes [ʃ].

– Yay – 2016-04-24T10:29:41.263

1Your average American English speaker does not pronounce the word as either /əˈsjuːm/ or /əˈ ʃuːm/... that is some kind of British English pronunciation. – Alan Carmack – 2016-04-26T00:26:20.757



It is not so much incorrect as it is dialectal or personal (in the sense of how one pronounces things). I for one pronounce it as a-shyoom. I think it's a more British/Australian pronunciation.

Dog Lover

Posted 2016-04-24T10:07:11.773

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